Former UFC fighter Bryan Caraway is facing numerous charges related to alleged insurance fraud in Richland, Washington, USA.
Per a report from Kristin M. Kraemer of the Tri-City Herald, Caraway is set to appear on March 11th to enter a plea over “forgery, making a false statement on a vehicle application certificate of title, false claims of proof in excess of $1,500 and first-degree attempted theft.”
The charges date back to an incident in December of 2018 where Caraway reported to an insurance company that a vehicle was stolen. Per the report, Caraway allegedly filed $18,500 in value to the vehicle that he claimed was stolen.
While Caraway claimed the vehicle was his property, former partner and fellow MMA fighter Miesha Tate disputed this. Per a theft report filed by officer Christian Jabri, Tate alleged that the vehicle is under her name and that it was in her possession. She also thought that Caraway forged her name in documents relating to the vehicle.
Caraway’s insurance company, GEICO, informed him in February of 2019 that Tate had repossessed the vehicle prior to his filing with them. Caraway said he did not know the vehicle was going to be taken by her.
Court documents allege an investigation found that Caraway was aware that Tate would pick up his vehicle, contradicting his claim.
Documents say a detective found that Caraway took the vehicle from Tate’s home twice in February of 2019. The documents also make the claim that Caraway admitted through text to stealing the vehicle the second time, also mentioning that he forged the signature on the title of it.
Caraway was originally scheduled to appear for a court hearing on February 4th. He was placed on the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s most wanted list after missing the date, although he was subsequently removed from the list after agreeing to a new date in court.
Caraway had a near decade-long run in the UFC, competing from 2011 to 2019. His last UFC bout was in late 2018, where he was stopped within a round by Pedro Munhoz.
Caraway’s last fight was in July of 2019, where he defeated Raja Shippen on a regional MMA show.