Repeat insurance fraudster pleads guilty to filing fake auto claim
May 19, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – David Arnold Cook, 52, of Tacoma, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to a gross misdemeanor for filing a false insurance claim He was sentenced to four months of time he already served and to pay $500 in court costs. Cook was transferred to Pierce County Jail to face 13 felony charges in an unrelated case.
Officials charged Cook with filing a false insurance claim after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
Cook and his nephew Anthony Jamal Scott, 38, of Kent, both filed injury claims after a collision with another driver in the parking lot of Scott’s apartment complex. Cook, the driver, reported to his insurance company, GEICO, that Scott was a passenger in his car at the time of the collision. Scott asked for an unspecified amount of money to pay for future medical treatment. GEICO determined through witness statements that Cook was alone in the car at the time of the collision, and Scott was in his apartment when the collision happened.
Cook also pleaded guilty in October 2016 to attempted first-degree theft in a separate insurance fraud case, also investigated by Kreidler’s CIU. In that case, Cook was in a collsion and then filed a wage-loss claim using falsified documents from a company that didn’t exist.
Cook was listed on Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted in 2016 when he failed to appear in Pierce County Superior Court to face charges against him. Kreidler’s investigators arrested him in August 2016 near his home.
Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors to prosecute criminal cases. Insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 per year in increased premiums. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.
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