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The Today File

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September 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Warrant issued for insurer in alleged hole-in-one scam

You might say Kevin Kolenda has gone from the rough to the sand trap.

A bench warrant has been issued for the  Connecticut man accused of failing to pay prize money for holes-in-one at golf tournaments after he didn’t show up for his arraignment today in King County Superior Court.

Kolenda, 55, is charged with five counts of engaging in an unauthorized insurance transaction.

Kolenda is the owner of a  company that specializes in insuring golf-tournament prize money for holes-in-one. According to charges filed last month, Kolenda failed to make good on thousands of dollars in prize money offered to golfers at various tournaments throughout the state over the past nine years.

Typically, Kolenda’s company would charge golf tournament organizers an insurance premium that ranged from between several hundred dollars to more than a $1,000, depending on the amount of the prize, according to charging documents.

In 2003, Kolenda illegally sold insurance for a tournament at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, but refused to pay up when a golfer got a hole-in-one and tried to claim the $10,000 prize, charging documents say.

The following year, he refused to make good on a $50,000 prize won during a tournament at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash., court documents allege.

Two years ago, Kolenda sold coverage for a $25,000 hole-in-one prize at a golf tournament on June 14 in Snohomish and, once again, declined to pay despite numerous notarized forms attesting to the hole-in-one, according to the documents.

He was charged with similar crimes in Montana in July.

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