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Man pleads guilty in hole-in-one prize case

October 5, 2013
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — A businessman has pleaded guilty to three felonies after authorities say he failed to pay golfers their hole-in-one prizes.

The Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner says Kevin Kolenda pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of selling insurance without a license and one count of first-degree theft. He will be sentenced in the coming months.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says Kolenda has a long history of selling illegal insurance and refusing to pay prize winners. Kreidler's office says similar allegations have been made against Kolenda or his business in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, North Carolina and Ohio.

Kolenda's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Saturday.



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