Brian Behl pleads guilty to filing false insurance claims

12:40 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A former claims adjust has pleaded guilty to filing false insurance claims.

Brian Behl pleaded guilty to diverting over $400,000 for personal expenses.

Court documents state 33-year-old Behl worked as a claims adjuster for Allianz in O'Fallon, Missouri for 10 years until he was fired in September 2012.

Allianz sometimes does business as Fireman's Fund, providing insurance against theft, damage, and other personal property loss.

Behl had the authority to approve insurance claims under $10,000 without prior approval of a manager, and admits to falsifying damage claims between March 2010 and September 20, 2012, that caused Allianz to make payments to a fake salvage company.

Behl opened a bank account in the name of B&M Salvage Repair and re-opened old Allianz accounts to make false damage claims, which prompted Allianz or Fireman's Fund to issue more than 40 checks to B&M Salvage. He then cashed the checks and used them for personal expenses, including the purchase of a 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra and a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Sentencing is set for May 16. He will be required to surrender all money and property he gained from the illegal activity to the government. He also faces up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $1 million.

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