August 8, 2016
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives today arrested David Arnold Cook, 51, of Tacoma. Cook is facing charges in King and Pierce counties in connection with two insurance fraud cases, both investigated by Kreidler’s fraud unit. Cook was arrested near his home.
Cook failed to appear on July 26 in Pierce County for a pretrial hearing on charges of filing a false insurance claim, first-degree attempted theft and failure to appear in court. He was charged in July 2015 and previously failed to appear in court in February and June 2016. Pierce County issued a warrant for his arrest and he was featured on Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted list.
According to the investigation, 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.
Cook also failed to appear in King County Superior Court in a separate insurance fraud case. He was listed on Kreidler’s most wanted on July 5 and was arrested the next day when he appeared in King County Superior Court in an unrelated case.
Kreidler’s SIU 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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