|By Adam Lynn, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Samsonov admitted he submitted a false claim to the PEMCO insurance company last October in which he said his beloved cat, Tom, died in a car wreck.
$20,000 for his cat as he was like a son to him," court records show.
Samsonov include two photos of a cat -- white with blue eyes -- with his claim forms.
"Subsequent investigation proved the photographs were actually downloaded from the Internet," state investigators wrote in court records.
Assistant state attorney general
Tratnik sought a sentence of 45 days in jail for Samsonov, pointing out he'd been arrested before, including in
"This is not
The defendant's attorney,
Wylie said Samsonov is the stay-at-home father of two young children and that jail time would be a tremendous burden on his family.
"He has taken accountability for these actions," Wylie said.
Samsonov, speaking through an interpreter, asked Lee to "please be merciful."
Lee rejected the defense's request for no jail time, saying Samsonov should have thought about the potential impacts on his family before he committed his crime.
She did allow him to serve his 30 days on electronic home monitoring first. Samsonov's required to report to the
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