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March 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Seattle attorney returns from Taiwan to face felony charges

A Seattle attorney who fled to Taiwan in December 2013 before being charged with five felonies related to insurance-settlement theft was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Tuesday evening.

Edward Joseph Callow, 39, was charged on Dec. 12, 2013, with five felonies involving the misappropriation of funds intended for Callow’s client, who was permanently disabled after a car accident. Before he was charged, Callow flew to Taiwan, according to the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Detectives worked with federal agencies to locate Callow in Taiwan and local law enforcement notified Callow he had to leave the country. He was arrested at the airport Tuesday and booked in King County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

In 2010, Nationwide paid Callow’s client a $25,000 advance and a $500,000 settlement, but the client  received just $165,000 of that amount, according to court documents. Callow allegedly kept the $25,000 advance and altered documents to show his client that Nationwide had paid a $250,000 settlement.

Former Nationwide Insurance Claims Associate Fariborz Rahrovi, who was charged with Callow, took $135,000 of the settlement, while Callow kept the remaining money, according to court documents.. Rahrovi pleaded not guilty to the charges in January and is awaiting trial.

Callow remained in custody Wednesday evening.

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