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Lodi woman convicted in insurance fraud case

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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:00 pm

A Lodi woman and a former Colusa County politician were convicted by a federal jury Thursday of more than a dozen fraud charges each, related to an insurance company they claimed could only be regulated by "organic Christian people."

Donna Rowe, also known as Donna Willis, 58, and James Kalfsbeek, 71, of Arbuckle, claimed they were "sovereign citizens" and thus not under the law of state and federal governments, which they called "alien corporations," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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3 comments:

  • posted at 9:01 am on Sun, Jun 14, 2009.

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    These people really messed up. They should have either started a bank or an insurance company. That way they could legally steal as much as they wanted and then we could bail them out and blame it on the complexity of Wall street. LOL Why steal when you can charge anything you want for fees or interest? I be they get less time the BILLION dollar thief Madoff. They better start making their campaign contributions to Obama like the other banks. They could get a quick pardon like the rest of the banksters.

     
  • posted at 6:28 pm on Fri, Jun 12, 2009.

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    WTF- Good points! There is yet one more important point overloooked by the prosecutors. There is no Federal or state law that actually requires an insurance company to pay a legitimate claim. Most of us think that because the word "insurance" is used in the policy or name of the company it implies that the calim must be paid. WRONG! An insurance company can legally pay a fraudulent claim as well as refuse to pay a legitimate claim. After all it is THEIR money. Any payments by an insurance company are made only because they want to pay, for any reason. Millions of people have legitimate claims that are not paid. HAve you ever heard of a real insurance executive going to prison for NOT paying a legitimate claim? NEVER, now that banks can own insurance companies they can do anything they want. Like usual. They could have a fee for a change in the weather if they like. There are no laws stopping them.

     
  • posted at 2:35 am on Fri, Jun 12, 2009.

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    What were these people thinking? Peons (citizens) are not above the law; only government is. LOL! It would seem that Kalfsbeek learned a trick or two as supervisor and thought he could use that in a private capacity.However, the people who bought this "insurance" are equally guilty in my mind. How could they be so stupid? Just because a company advertises itself as "Christian" doesn't mean it is.

     
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