May 5, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Two people pleaded guilty to charges and two others were charged with felonies after investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
Anthony Jamal Scott, 39, of Kent, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to filing a false insurance claim, a felony. He was sentenced to pay $600 in court fees and to not have contact with two witnesses in the case for five years.
According to the investigation, Scott and his uncle, David Arnold Cook, 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 come out of his apartment after it happened.
Scott and Cook were charged with felonies in King County Superior Court. Cook is scheduled to go to trial for the charges on May 8.
Larry R. Moshofsky, 40, formerly of Rochester, Wash., pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to attempted insurance fraud, a misdemeanor. He is required to attend 30 days at a community alternative program in Seattle and to pay $468 in restitution to Lyndon Southern Insurance Co.
Moshofsky totaled his uninsured 2005 Porsche Cayenne in November 2015. Two days after the collision, he bought insurance and then waited two weeks to file a claim based on a false police report that his car had been stolen and wrecked. The car’s value was estimated at more than $11,200. He was charged in King County Superior Court with one count of filing a false insurance claim.
Danylo Pavlenko, 33, of Auburn, was charged in King County Superior Court with filing a false insurance claim, a felony.
According to the investigation, Pavlenko filed a claim in February 2016 for vandalism damage to his 2013 Acura sedan. Allstate declared the car a total loss and requested the proof of purchase for the vehicle to help determine its value. Pavlenko, who owns a used-car dealership, provided a fraudulent invoice showing he paid more than $35,000 for the vehicle. However, the vehicle sale record from the Department of Licensing showed he actually purchased the car for $649 from his own dealership. Allstate referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU.
Dilan McCliggott, 39, of Idaho, was charged in Spokane County Superior Court with first-degree attempted theft and filing a false insurance claim, both felonies.
According to the investigation, McCliggott was driving a 2014 Dodge Challenger in Spokane that was insured by a family member. He hit a power pole, totaling the car. He then filed a claim on the car’s policy through Progressive for medical treatment expenses. Progressive denied the claim because the policy didn’t have personal injury protection that would cover the medical treatment for the car’s driver. The family member told the insurer that McCliggott was the passenger in an attempt to get them to cover the medical treatment, even though McCliggott’s health insurance paid for the treatment. Progressive referred the case to Kreidler’s CIU.
“Trying to cash in on auto insurance claims is a popular scam by people looking to make a quick buck,” said Kreidler. “However, those costs get passed on to everyone who buys auto insurance. If someone asks you to collude with them to commit fraud, be smart and say no.”
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.