Insurance Employee Charged in $266,000 Theft

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$266,000 is a lot of money.

That is how much detectives in Lackawanna County say a man stole from his employer.

That man, Robert Galuska of Jenkins Township, is now facing criminal charges.

According to court documents, Robert Galuska is the former branch manager at Excalibur Insurance Management Services in Scranton.

He is accused of taking all of the money between 2008 and this past August.

The 61-year-old turned himself in at a magistrate’s office in Dunmore Tuesday morning.

When the theft was discovered, Galuska was fired from his job.

Lackawanna County detectives say he processed false insurance claims and when the money was paid out, investigators say Galuska deposited the money directly into his own bank accounts.

There were 21 fake claims in all.

Investigators say they were all made under the Luzerne County Transit Authority or city of Wilkes-Barre.

When questioned by detectives, Galuska told them it was because there are no deductibles for either of those accounts and policies with deductibles would have raised too many red flags.

Officials at the insurance agency declined to comment Tuesady.

It’s president is well-known businessman Chuck Volpe.

Investigators say this case involves a lot of paperwork.

“It was caught by a checks-and-balances system in the insurance company. It was discovered by an employee that came forward,” Deputy District Attorney Shane Scanlon said.

A majority of the checks that Robert Galuska got for himself ranged between $12,500 and $15,000 each.

When he was asked what he did with the money, Galuska would not give detectives a straight answer.

At his arraignment Tuesday morning a judge set Galuska’s bail at $30,000 straight cash bail.

He is scheduled to be back in court later this month.

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