Local eye-surgeon charged with criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder

November 16, 2009

NEW — 5:52 p.m. Nov. 16, 2009

Michael Mockovak, 51, of Newcastle, was charged today with criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

King County prosecutors said in charging papers that Mockovak, a surgeon for Clearly Lasik, sought to have his business partner, Joseph King, and former Clearly Lasik President Brad Klock killed.

Mockovak and King had fired Klock in early 2007, and Klock subsequently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Clearly Lasik.

Mockovak approached Daniel Kultin — a Russian emigrant and the company’s director of information technologies — and asked if Kultin had any mafia connections who could “take care of” Klock, according to the charging papers.

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