June 7, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Two men were charged with felonies in Snohomish County Superior Court in separate insurance fraud cases after investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU). One man failed to appear at his arraignment on June 1 and joins Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted.
Mark DeGross, 49, of Snohomish, faces one charge of first-degree attempted theft and one charge of insurance fraud, both felonies. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued on June 2 and bail is set for $5,000 cash.
According to the investigation, DeGross filed a $9,351 claim with Progressive Insurance for damage to his boat that he said occurred in January 2015 while he was wakeboarding at Lake Entiat near Wenatchee. Kreidler’s investigators determined that the accident actually happened in July 2014, before DeGross purchased a boat policy in September 2014.
If you have information that may lead to DeGross' arrest, please contact your local law enforcement agency or contact CIU.
Levi Watson, 44, of Bothell, faces one count of first-degree theft and one count of money laundering, both felonies. Watson was licensed to sell insurance and was an agent for American Family Insurance from 2011-2014 in Mill Creek. According to the investigation, Watson stole more than $21,000 in premiums from his clients; Kreidler’s investigators identified nearly $29,000 in additional possible theft. Watson stopped selling insurance in December 2014 and Kreidler revoked Watson’s insurance producer license in August 2015.
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.