Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tacoma woman pleads guilty to felony insurance fraud

Christine Marie Larsen, 30, of Tacoma pled guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to insurance fraud for purchasing insurance on her vehicle after it was totaled. 

In November 2013, Larsen’s 2004 Lexus IS300 was totaled in a collision on the freeway while being driven by someone else. The next day, Larsen took out a policy on the car, which was uninsured. She filed a claim for the damages on Dec.1, 2013, stating she had been in a collision that day. The insurance company deemed the car a total loss and paid her $11,250.

The insurer, citing red flags, later investigated the claim and found a Washington State Patrol report for the Nov. 25 collision involving Larsen’s car. The driver was cited for the collision and for not having insurance. The insurer referred the case to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). SIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors to prosecute criminal cases.  

Larsen was ordered to repay the insurance settlement and court costs. Read the news release about the case.