In papers filed Dec. 5 in King Co. Superior Court, and obtained by BlatherWatch, KIRO talk host Mike Webb (9p-1a) was charged with the crime of Fraudulent Insurance Claim in an alleged $5982 scam against a car insurance company.
According to the Court's Superform, Michael Kenneth Webb, 50, KIRO Radio Talk Show Host and a Virgo, is also the subject in an investigation of forgery.
The papers were gleaned from public court records. Charges were generated after an accident June 28 involving Webb in his black 2000 Lexus GS-3 and his alleged subsequent dealings with GEICO.
A Certification For Determination of Probable Cause describes in detail the fruits of the investigation by Seattle Police Detective Randal Woolery and GEICO investigator Bill Brown that led to the criminal charges against the flamboyant talk host.
An order directing the issuance of an arrest warrant for Webb was filed; it was ordered he be released on his personal recognizance, although on Dec. 14, bail was increased to $5650.
Webb has not responded to BlatherWatch inquiries.
Mike Webb is one of the few hometown progressive talk hosts in Seattle and ironically one of local talk's most outspoken critics of government dishonesty and corruption. Though his late night show has fallen steeply in the ratings in recent years, he for years was the standard-bearer for progressive issues on Seattle AM.
If you read BlatherWatch, you know we've often reflected the disappointment many local liberals have had with Webb's angry and rude performances both on-air and off.
Webb only recently stopped his on-air endorsements of Rockstar, the homophobic energy drink produced by Russel Goldencloud Weiner, the homophobic son of demented, bombastic homophobe, Michael Savage (KTTH m-f, 3-6p). Webb claims to be a gay man but his repeated on-air mentions of Weiner's product can be translated into marketing dollars directly into the pockets of one of the most virulent and well-known homophobes in the country. It took months of BlatherWatch nagging before he switched drinks to one more in line with his alleged political philosophy. (he's reportedly now drinking 'Amp').
Self-described as a "liberal with a capital 'L'" he ranted one day about the immorality of being a "stockholder," rather than a "stakeholder," then on another day, actively took part in the successful decertification of AFTRA- his own union, in his own KIRO workplace. Principled KIRO liberals like Dave Ross, and Erin Hart let their support for the union be known; and left the predictable no votes to conservatives such as Michael Medved, and Lou Pate.
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