Son of Washington's Lt. Gov. pleads not guilty to theft, forgery charges

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 2:14 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The son of Washington’s Lt. Governor has been charged with theft and forgery.

According to state investigators, Mark Owen, son of Lt. Governor Brad Owen, illegally collected nearly $20,000 in disability payments.

Appearing in court Tuesday,  Owen pleaded not guilty to the theft and forgery charges. He will not be held in jail, but is expected to appear back in court May 23.

Mark Owen was wounded in a workplace shooting in Kent in November 2009. He told the state department of Labor and Industries he was too injured to return to work, but co-workers told investigators he returned two weeks after the shooting.

Investigators said they got surveillance photos of Owen at work, and claim a mistake by Owen helped them prove their case.

After leaving a voicemail message with a L&I official February 2010,  Owen apparently did not hang up and could be heard explaining to someone else how he was getting money he was not entitled to.

Owen is also accused of helping a co-worker make fraudulent disability claims. He also has past forgery convictions.

Lt. Governor Brad Owen has made no comment on the case.

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