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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rabbi Arrested for False Insurance Claims in Miami

Unknown-2South Florida authorites recently arrested a rabbi who is facing dozens of charges for false insurance claims.  Barry William Kallenberg was arrested and is accused of one court of organized scheme to defraud and 73 counts of grand theft, false insurance claims and false supporting insurance documents. Allegedly he submitted false insurance claims to American Express and Allianz Global Assistance.  Apparently he would fly in and out of MIA on numerous occasions and then declare that his luggage did not arrive on time.  Surveillance video once caught him picking up his luggage and then later returning to make a claim that the luggage never arrived.  

His fraudulent claims accounted for $30,342.62 in Miami-Dade.  Other claims were outside of the county and lack documentation. He used the money he made from this scheme to make purchases, return the purchases, and then keep the money from the returned merchandise. 

When Kallenberg appeared in bond court on Tuesday, the judge ordered him to surrender his passport and set bond at $110,000.  

See Brian Hamacher, Rabbi Arrested in Miami in Insurance Fraud Scheme: Police, NBC 6, Dec. 5, 2012.  

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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