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AG sues alleged scammers

Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by John S. Palmer

The Washington Attorney General’s office is suing Peter G. and Carolyn Y. Cook of Snohomish, alleging they engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in their Medicaid planning business.

In a press release trumpeting the suit, the AG’s office claims that the Cooks, doing business as C&C Consulting, “scammed elderly Washington residents applying for Medicaid and veterans benefits.” The complaint filed in Snohomish County Superior Court specifically alleges that:

The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting the Cooks from engaging in this conduct, restitution on behalf of C&C’s clients, plus civil penalties and legal fees under Washington’s consumer protection act.

The case was filed June 5th; however it appears to be part of an investigation dating back to at least September 2012, when the Cooks were first served with a formal demand for documents and information about their business practices. In March 2014 the AG’s office filed a petition in King County Superior Court claiming the Cooks had only partially responded and asking that they be compelled to fully respond. The petition states that the Cooks were under investigation because the AG’s office “is aware of instances where consumers have been advised by C&C or their agents to employ questionable strategies with their financial portfolios in order to become eligible for government benefits.” It also alleges that the Cooks’ son, Perry Cook, may have actively advised C&C clients even though he “was convicted of mail fraud in 2004 in regards to a fraud scheme that bilked nearly $5,000,000 from elderly victims.” This petition was dismissed in March 2015, approximately 3 months before the current lawsuit pending in Snohomish County, most likely after the information being sought was produced.

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