Couple accused of fraud involving $25,573 engagement ring

2013-12-06T14:45:00Z 2013-12-06T18:50:09Z Couple accused of fraud involving $25,573 engagement ringBob Kasarda, (219) 548-4345
December 06, 2013 2:45 pm  • 

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.

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