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November 10, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities have indicted a Fresno insurance executive in connection with an alleged embezzlement scheme at a now-defunct Irvine insurance company. Charles J. McGuirk, 56, was arrested Thursday at his Santa Monica apartment, said Carol Levitsky, public affairs officer for the U.S. attorney's office. McGuirk, owner of Fresno-based National Financial Benefits Administrators Inc., is the third insurance executive associated with Rubell Helm Insurance Services Inc. to face criminal charges.
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June 15, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three former executives alleged to have stolen millions of dollars while with a now-defunct Irvine insurance company have been indicted on fraud charges, federal prosecutors said Monday. Named by a grand jury in Los Angeles last week--the indictment was not revealed until Monday--were James B. Helm, 43, formerly of Laguna Niguel; Scott K. Clawson, 36, of San Juan Capistrano; and Douglas L. Taylor, 34, formerly of Mission Viejo.
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BUSINESS
December 8, 1992 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David A. Erlandson of Garden Grove pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court here to taking kickbacks as part of a scheme that defrauded employers of millions of dollars in health and life insurance premiums. Erlandson, 66, was executive vice president of the Southern California Builders Assn. and operated a health insurance program for employees of general contractors and builders who are members of the trade association.
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December 8, 1992 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David A. Erlandson of Garden Grove pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court here to taking kickbacks as part of a scheme that defrauded employers of millions of dollars in health and life insurance premiums. Erlandson, 66, was executive vice president of the Southern California Builders Assn. and operated a health insurance program for employees of general contractors and builders who are members of the trade association.
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May 16, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employees of small firms across the country are being bilked by self-funded "health-insurance" providers who simply walk away with all their premiums when faced with payment of large claims, federal and state law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, authorities identified Rubell-Helm Insurance Services Inc. of Irvine as a key example, contending that $10 million in legitimate medical claims were unpaid when the firm went out of business earlier this year.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former executive of a now-defunct Irvine insurance agency pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to charges of defrauding a construction industry association to finance a lavish lifestyle. Kathleen Helm, once an executive vice president of Rubell Helm Insurance Services, Inc., admitted Monday that she spent the money on expensive vacations, extensive renovation of a Colorado ranch, clothing and jewelry, Assistant U.S. Atty. Jeffrey B. Isaacs said.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three former executives alleged to have stolen millions of dollars while with a now-defunct Irvine insurance company have been indicted on fraud charges, federal prosecutors said Monday. Named by a grand jury in Los Angeles last week--the indictment was not revealed until Monday--were James B. Helm, 43, formerly of Laguna Niguel; Scott K. Clawson, 36, of San Juan Capistrano; and Douglas L. Taylor, 34, formerly of Mission Viejo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1989 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
An Irvine insurance agency was accused by the state Insurance Department Thursday of leaving 10,000 customers in the lurch by failing to buy them health and life policies that they had paid for and allowing at least $4.3 million of their claims to go unpaid. Insurance Commissioner Roxani Gillespie said she is seeking to revoke the license of Rubell Helm Insurance Services Inc. and its principals, James B. Helm and Michael A.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employees of small firms across the country are being bilked by thousands of self-funded "health-insurance" providers who simply walk away with all their premiums when faced with payment of large claims, federal and state law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, authorities identified Rubell-Helm Insurance Services Inc.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Irvine Insurance Man Pleads Guilty: Michael A. Rubell, 51, admitted in a Los Angeles court that he bilked thousands of people in California and three other states out of about $10 million in bogus insurance premiums. Rubell, who had been chairman of Irvine-based Rubell Helm Insurance Services Inc., promised to help authorities investigate other insurance fraud cases, federal officials said. He pleaded guilty to mail fraud, embezzlement and tax evasion and faces a maximum prison term of 30 years.
BUSINESS
November 10, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities have indicted a Fresno insurance executive in connection with an alleged embezzlement scheme at a now-defunct Irvine insurance company. Charles J. McGuirk, 56, was arrested Thursday at his Santa Monica apartment, said Carol Levitsky, public affairs officer for the U.S. attorney's office. McGuirk, owner of Fresno-based National Financial Benefits Administrators Inc., is the third insurance executive associated with Rubell Helm Insurance Services Inc. to face criminal charges.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former executive of a now-defunct Irvine insurance agency pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to charges of defrauding a construction industry association to finance a lavish lifestyle. Kathleen Helm, once an executive vice president of Rubell Helm Insurance Services, Inc., admitted Monday that she spent the money on expensive vacations, extensive renovation of a Colorado ranch, clothing and jewelry, Assistant U.S. Atty. Jeffrey B. Isaacs said.
NEWS
May 16, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employees of small firms across the country are being bilked by self-funded "health-insurance" providers who simply walk away with all their premiums when faced with payment of large claims, federal and state law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, authorities identified Rubell-Helm Insurance Services Inc. of Irvine as a key example, contending that $10 million in legitimate medical claims were unpaid when the firm went out of business earlier this year.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employees of small firms across the country are being bilked by thousands of self-funded "health-insurance" providers who simply walk away with all their premiums when faced with payment of large claims, federal and state law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, authorities identified Rubell-Helm Insurance Services Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1989 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
An Irvine insurance agency was accused by the state Insurance Department Thursday of leaving 10,000 customers in the lurch by failing to buy them health and life policies that they had paid for and allowing at least $4.3 million of their claims to go unpaid. Insurance Commissioner Roxani Gillespie said she is seeking to revoke the license of Rubell Helm Insurance Services Inc. and its principals, James B. Helm and Michael A.
BUSINESS
June 18, 1997 | (James S. Granelli)
A former Orange County insurance consultant is scheduled to be resentenced Monday three years after he was convicted of conspiracy and fraud in a case cited in congressional hearings as an example of how some in the industry prey on small-business owners. James B.
BUSINESS
January 24, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge on Monday sentenced two former officials of a now-defunct Irvine insurance agency, one to 2 1/2 years in prison and another to probation, for their roles in a scheme that bilked millions of dollars from policyholders, prosecutors said. Michael A. Rubell, 54, the former chairman of Rubell Helm Insurance Services Inc., was sentenced to the prison term, to be followed by three years of supervised release.
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