July 5, 2016
UPDATE: July 6, 2016
David Arnold Cook was arrested in King County Superior Court this morning, where he appeared in an unrelated case. He is being held in King County jail. He is scheduled to appear in King County Superior Court on July 14.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – David Arnold Cook, 51, of Tacoma, is wanted by two courts after he failed to appear to face multiple felony charges against him in a pair of insurance fraud cases investigated by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Cook is featured on Kreidler’s insurance fraud most wanted page. If you have information that may lead to Cook’s arrest, contact your local law enforcement agency or the SIU.
Cook was scheduled to appear for trial June 23 in Pierce County Superior Court on charges of filing a false insurance claim, first-degree attempted theft, and failure to appear at a February hearing. Pierce County Superior Court issued a no-bail warrant for his arrest.
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 collided with him. Cook filed a claim for lost wages with the plumbing company’s insurer using falsified documents and information.
In a separate case, Cook and Anthony Jamal Scott, 38, of Kent, were each charged in King County Superior Court with criminal conspiracy, filing a false insurance claim and second-degree perjury. They were both scheduled to appear in court on June 30. Scott appeared and pleaded not guilty. Cook did not appear and King County Superior Court issued a bench warrant for Cook’s arrest.
According to the investigation, Cook and Scott both filed injury claims after a collision with another driver in the parking lot of a Kent apartment complex where Scott lived. Both men filed claims with Cook’s insurance company, GEICO, for injuries and for damage to Cook’s car. Scott, Cook’s nephew, asked for an unspecified amount of money to pay for future medical treatment. GEICO investigated both claims and referred the case to Kreidler’s SIU.
The at-fault driver’s insurance, Farmers, paid Cook for the damage to the car and for his injuries. The at-fault driver and a witness reported that Cook was alone in the car at the time of the collision, and they saw Scott only when he came out of his apartment at the time of the collision.
“This is a case of a repeat offender who treats insurance policies like an ATM,” Kreidler said. “Fake insurance claims cost real people real money. These are not victimless crimes.”
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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