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Wash. man charged for trying to file $20,000 claim on fake dead cat

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Washington man tried to file a $20,000 insurance claim for a dead cat that didn’t exist.

Yevgeniy Samsonov of Tacoma has been charged with first-degree attempted theft and felony insurance fraud. Samsonov was involved in a minor traffic accident in 2009, and the other driver’s insurer paid some $3,500 to cover chiropractic treatment.

More than two years later, Samsonov claimed that his cat Tom had been killed in the accident and he sought $20,000 in compensation. Samsonov submitted photos of a cat, but an insurance representative found that the picture had come from the Internet.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says it is one of the strangest fraud cases he’s seen. Samsonov does not have a listed phone number and does not have an attorney in court documents.

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