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Woman accused of faking theft of diamond ring and filing insurance claim

UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019

From staff reports

Insurance fraud investigators extradited a Spokane woman from Pennsylvania this week and jailed her on accusations of filing a false claim that her $4,000 diamond ring went missing when her purse disappeared while she was out with friends.

Jessica Epler filed a “mysterious disappearance” claim with Liberty Mutual on Oct. 2, 2016, according to the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Investigators said the claim was a ruse. They allege Epler first added the ring to her fiancee’s renter’s insurance policy in August, then sold the ring to a Spokane pawn shop in September.

Furthermore, according to a press release from the insurance commissioner’s office, Epler was an employee at Liberty Mutual.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said that insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 a year in increased premiums.

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