UPDATE: Man Pleads Not Guilty In Dead Cat Claim - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Man Pleads Not Guilty In Dead Cat Claim

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Tacoma man charged with insurance fraud after using photos from the Internet to file a $20,000 insurance claim for a dead cat that didn't exist has pleaded not guilty.
    
KOMO News reports (http://bit.ly/Nhw5Ly) that 29-year-old Yevgeniy Samsonov's trial was scheduled to start in September at his Wednesday court hearing.
    
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 pictures had come from the Internet.
    
If convicted, Samsonov could get a year behind bars.

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