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Posted: 12/22/2005 4:58:08 PM EDT
Thursday, December 22, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

Radio talk-show host faces insurance-fraud charges
By Christine Clarridge

Seattle Times staff reporter

Radio talk-show host Mike Webb has been charged with submitting fraudulent documents to get money from his insurance company after a June traffic accident.

Webb, who has a left-leaning evening radio program on KIRO-AM (710), allegedly produced a forged document indicating he bought a car-insurance policy from Geico before the June 28 accident, police say. The insurance company says Webb bought the policy online one day after the accident, according to charging papers filed in King County Superior Court.

Webb, who pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charge of filing a fraudulent claim, denied he had forged the document.

He said he believes the charge is a mistake that may have originated from a clerical or electronic error on the insurance company's part.

He also said that he and his lawyer, Bradley Marshall, are considering the possibility that somebody who "hates" his talk show may have hacked into his computer records. "We are looking into hacking. Some people will do anything to damage you," said Webb, 50.

In addition, Webb said, he's suspicious of the timing of the charge because he's involved in a dispute with Seattle police.

Webb claims he was assaulted by an officer while he and the officer both were waiting in line at a Seattle fast-food restaurant in 2004. He said police made a settlement offer to him the day before the insurance-fraud charge was filed. Seattle police spokesman Rich Pruitt declined to comment because the case hasn't been resolved.

KIRO Radio also declined to comment on the charges. A spokesman said Webb is on vacation and is scheduled to return to the air Tuesday.

According to charging papers, Webb was not at fault when he was involved in a traffic accident June 28 in Seattle. The other driver did not have insurance.

After the accident, Webb showed police a proof-of-insurance card from National Merit, a company that police say hasn't insured Webb since 2001. Webb now says he mistakenly grabbed the old card.

Court documents say Geico's records indicate Webb purchased a six-month policy online June 29, and on June 30 attempted to file a claim on the accident that left nearly $6,000 damage to his 2000 Lexus.

Geico denied the claim. But Webb insists he bought the policy at the end of May and was due coverage, court documents say.

In an interview with a Geico insurance investigator that took place in Marshall's office, Webb produced a policy-confirmation receipt that was dated May 29 and bank statements that purported to show debit payments to Geico beginning in May.

Seattle police, who investigated the incident at Geico's request, said that bank statements they received from Washington Mutual under warrant support Geico's contention that the policy was initiated at the end of June.

The first debit payment from Webb to Geico was made on June 30, court documents assert.

Marshall, Webb's attorney, said the charge may show a potential problem with buying insurance online. There may be a lag time, he said, between when consumers receive confirmation of their policy and when the company's computer records the policies.

"I was shocked by this," Webb said. "It would take an absolute idiot to try to defraud someone like that."
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 5:56:00 PM EDT
Hope they throw the book at that socialist homo..

Link Posted: 12/22/2005 8:03:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 9:18:23 PM EDT

"I was shocked by this," Webb said. "It would take an absolute idiot to try to defraud someone like that."


He got it right in the last sentance.
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 9:27:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By lonegunman:

"I was shocked by this," Webb said. "It would take an absolute idiot to try to defraud someone like that."


He got it right in the last sentance.



yeah, sounds like he's probably gonna eat those words.
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 9:38:09 PM EDT
Sounds like the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" is out to get him!
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 9:41:15 PM EDT
After getting away with the forged elections they now thing they can forge anything...
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 9:43:43 PM EDT
Shweet!!
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 9:46:42 PM EDT
The look of utter shock and surprise on my face: --->
Link Posted: 12/22/2005 10:33:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/22/2005 10:36:21 PM EDT by R-32]

Originally Posted By sixgunsblazing:
Hope they throw the book at that socialist homo..





[webb] Nownownow, dont be a hater....[/webb]


I cant stand him or Erin Hart, But Webb is the first guy on the radio to make me want to throw things..
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 8:37:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By R-32:

Originally Posted By sixgunsblazing:
Hope they throw the book at that socialist homo..





[webb] Nownownow, dont be a hater....[/webb]


I cant stand him or Erin Hart, But Webb is the first guy on the radio to make me want to throw things..



+1

I can never decide if its the mincing little voice or what he says.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:05:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 10:22:51 AM EDT
Probably seemed like a good idea after he had a few nose fulls of cocaine.
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:13:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/23/2005 12:14:33 PM EDT by R-32]

Originally Posted By Da_Bunny:
Probably seemed like a good idea after he had a few nose fulls of cocaine.



Speaking of, I thought Chris Farley was found face down in his pile of Coke...

Link Posted: 12/23/2005 12:26:39 PM EDT

Seattle police, who investigated the incident at Geico's request, said that bank statements they received from Washington Mutual under warrant support Geico's contention that the policy was initiated at the end of June.

The first debit payment from Webb to Geico was made on June 30, court documents assert.



BUSTED!

Everything he claimed up until that paragraph was plausible, if unlikely. But that sealed it. He forged the proof of insurance, his bank account statements, and his online receipt.
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