January 4, 2018
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Two men pleaded guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court to charges after separate insurance fraud investigations by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU).
Hashim Makawi, 40, of Everett, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted theft on Dec. 19. According to the investigation, Makawi purchased renter’s insurance on May 11, 2016, and the next day filed a water-damage claim following a garbage can fire in his apartment. Records from the Everett Fire Department show the fire occurred May 10, the day before he bought the policy.
Makawi failed to appear to in court in September and was listed on Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted. He reported to Snohomish County Superior Court in October to face the charges against him.
Charles Bjork, 45, of Everett, pleaded guilty to attempted insurance fraud on Dec. 20. According to the investigation, Bjork purchased a Progressive auto insurance policy on Jan. 21, 2016, after having a collision on the freeway that morning. That evening, he filed a claim for the damage to his car, estimated at $6,475 for the vehicle’s total loss.
Both men are scheduled to be sentenced in March.
Kreidler’s CIU investigates insurance fraud and works with the state Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors on criminal cases. Insurance fraud costs the average family $400 to $700 per year in increased premiums. Insurance companies are required by law to report fraud to the Commissioner. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.