January 20, 2015
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Former Nationwide Insurance claims associate Fariborz Romeo Rahrovi, 40, was sentenced in King County Superior Court to 12 months of work release and ordered to pay his victim $165,000 in restitution.
On Nov. 21, 2014, he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, criminal conspiracy and money laundering related to the theft of an accident victim’s $525,000 insurance settlement. Rahrovi worked with Seattle private law attorney Edward Joseph Callow on the scam.
Callow was sentenced in August 2014 to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution and attorney’s fees to his former client.
Rahrovi was charged after an investigation by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Nationwide paid Callow’s client, who was severely injured in a vehicle collision, a $25,000 advance and a $500,000 settlement in 2010. Callow altered documents to show his client that Nationwide paid a $250,000 settlement, of which the client agreed to pay 33 percent in attorney’s fees.
Fariborz Romeo Rahrovi
Ultimately, Callow paid his client only $165,000, roughly one-third of the total settlement. Rahrovi pocketed $135,000 for his role in the scam, according to court documents. Callow kept the remaining $225,000.
Nationwide fired Rahrovi in November 2012. Rahrovi was charged in December 2013.
Kreidler’s Special Investigations Unit investigates insurance fraud and works with the Attorney General’s Office and local prosecutors to prosecute criminal cases. Consumers can report suspected insurance fraud on the Insurance Commissioner’s website.