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WA man pleads not guilty in dead cat claim

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TACOMA, WA (AP) -

A Tacoma man has pleaded not guilty for charges of insurance fraud after using photos from the Internet to file a $20,000 insurance claim for a dead cat that didn't exist

KOMO News reports 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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