Issaquah woman pleads guilty to insurance fraud

November 5, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 2010

A 67-year-old Issaquah woman has pleaded guilty to three insurance fraud charges, after she demanded more than $600,000 from insurers in the aftermath of a fender bender.

Investigators said Linda Ann Rose was involved in a parking lot collision Nov. 13, 2004. During the incident, a sport-utility vehicle struck Rose’s vehicle, a rented Ford Mustang.

Though photos of both vehicles showed only minor damage, Rose claimed severe back injuries resulted from the collision.

Rose’s attorney demanded $656,874 from the SUV owner’s insurers and then filed a personal injury lawsuit in the case.

Investigators from state Insurance Commissioner’s Office determined she had knowingly provided altered medical records to her attorney and determined she had suffered back problems since before the accident.

Rose pleaded guilty to three felony counts of using false claims or proof to file insurance claims. Rose is due in King County Superior Court for sentencing Nov. 19.

Rich Roesler, a spokesman for the Insurance Commissioner’s Office, said insurance fraud determining the reach of insurance fraud is difficult to quantify. Often, insurers alert the office to possible fraud.

“Anytime an insurance company has to pay a fraudulent claim, it gets built into the rates,” Roesler said.

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