Four people were charged with felonies on July 27 in connection with insurance fraud investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
David Arnold Cook, 50, of Tacoma was charged in Pierce County Superior Court with one count of false insurance claims in excess of $1,500 and one count of first-degree attempted theft. Cook was involved in an auto collision in August 2013 with a truck owned by a plumbing business. The driver of the commercial vehicle ran a red light and Cook, who had the right of way, collided with him. According to the investigation, Cook filed a wage-loss claim with the plumbing company’s insurer using falsified documents and information. The insurer and Kreidler’s detectives could not find evidence that the company Cook said he worked for existed and that he collected the $6,600 salary he claimed.
Cynthia Ann Wilcox, 44, of Gig Harbor was charged in Pierce County Superior Court with one count of false insurance claims in excess of $1,500 and one count of first-degree attempted theft. According to the investigation, Wilcox filed a claim with Mutual of Enumclaw in October 2013 that her car was broken into and that her purse, wedding ring, other jewelry, and a women’s Rolex watch were stolen, all worth more than $25,000.