Wal-Mart fib leads to arrest of elderly Mason County man

A 72-year-old Mason County man pleaded guilty recently to theft and fraud charges after being arrested for falsely claiming he had thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen from him while parked in front of the Port Orchard Wal-Mart, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

According to spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson, all nine reports of theft that Floyd Addington of Allyn made had allegedly occurred at the store at 3497 Bethel Road.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office took a theft report from Addington as recently as January of 2007, and a check of previous incidents involving the alleged victim revealed that he had made several other reports of theft from the same parking lot.

In the most recent claim, Addington had stated that he had purchased a Honda generator inside the store that had then been stolen, but when investigators attempted to verify the purchase, store employees revealed that Addington had never purchased any equipment, including a generator, from the store.

When later interviewed by a detective, the suspect reportedly admitted that all but one of the several insurance claims he had filed over the years was false.

According to Director Robert Veliz of the state Insurance Commissioner’s Office, Addington filed nine insurance claims between March 2004 and January 2007 that totaled more than $25,000.

After working with the AARP/Hartford Insurance and Pemco Insurance companies, local law enforcement arrested Addington and he was charged with two counts of insurance fraud and two counts of theft in the first-degree.

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