VALPARAISO | Judge Mary Harper minced no words Monday afternoon when she sentenced Kale Christman, 37, of Valparaiso, to prison time plus formal probation for his role in faking the loss of a $25,573 engagement ring to fraudulently collect $30,000 in insurance money.
As part of a plea agreement, Harper sentenced Christman to a three-year sentence in the Department of Correction with 18 months served on home detention followed by formal probation for a Class D felony of theft, reduced previously from a Class C felony.
In addition, Christman was sentenced to a one year with eight months served in jail and four months of formal probation for a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy for his contact in violation of court order with the other person charged, Rachel Glass.
Investigators said Christman filed a police report during the summer of 2011 claiming his former fiancée, Glass, refused to return a white gold, three-carat diamond ring.
A search of Glass’s home on Nov. 18 turned up the ring, police said, and Christman had inquired with a jeweler about trading in the ring.
He will also have to pay $30,000 in restitution to the insurance company, court costs, and fees, and Harper once again issued a no-contact order with Christman.
“We’ve had this discussion before and your lawyer swore to me you weren’t having contact, and then we found her in your bed. You have a history of violations and a history of criminal activity and you have almost immediately violated my orders as soon as I issued them,” Harper said.
She continued, “I’ve been as progressive as I can be with you and allowed you bond, allowed you probation, and now I’ve offered you an executed sentence. Think about your next step and the corner you’ve painted yourself into.”
Christman will also have to finish serving time on two other misdemeanors charges of conversion and criminal mischief.
Prior to the sentencing, in which Harper cited aggravating factors of Christman’s “multiple violations of probation” and “history of criminal activity, arrested and charged 15 times,” Christman spoke to the judge.
“I apologize to the court for disrespecting your orders and to the insurance company for defrauding them,” Christman said.