July 29, 2015
OLYMPIA, Wash. – 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. The insurance company found that State Farm had paid Wilcox nearly $40,000 for a similar claim in 2005 that included a Rolex watch with the same serial number. Wilcox withdrew the claim in December 2013, saying she had found the items she reported stolen in a gym bag at her home.
Kendel L. Sonsalla, 38, and Robin L. Loewen, 46, were charged in Spokane Superior Court in connection with fraudulent billings to AFLAC between 2010 and 2014. Each was charged with two counts of false insurance claims in excess of $1,500 and one count of first-degree theft. According to the investigation, the women worked at a dental clinic in Liberty Lake that provided the AFLAC supplemental dental policy. AFLAC paid Sonsalla $6,470 for 19 false claims and paid Loewen more than $10,800 for 32 false claims they filed using family members’ names.
Kreidler’s SIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors to prosecute criminal cases. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.
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Release No. 15-35