VALPARAISO | Pleas of not guilty were entered Friday on behalf of a Valparaiso man accused of faking the loss of a $25,573 engagement ring to fraudulently collect $30,000 in insurance money.
Investigators said Kale Christman, 37, of 56 Lincolnway, filed a police report during the summer of 2011 claiming his former fiancee, 28-year-old Rachel Glass, refused to return the white gold, three-carat diamond ring.
Christman said he did get the ring back, but accused Glass of taking it again after a fight, police said.
Police said they confirmed Christman was paid $30,000 from an insurance company for the missing ring. They then learned Christman had inquired with a jeweler in November 2013 about trading in the ring.
A search of the woman's home on Nov. 18 revealed the ring, police said.
Christman and Glass are each charged with C felony insurance fraud, according to court records.