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Woman Who Staged Fake Funerals as Part of Life Insurance Scam Found Guilty of Federal Fraud Charges

Woman Who Staged Fake Funerals as Part of Life Insurance Scam Found Guilty of Federal Fraud Charges – http://www.fbi.gov/losangeles/press-releases/2010/la080210.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find a name to research a fake death scam?
  • How much might doctors be offered to issue fake death certificates?

Description:

FBI summary of how Jean Crump forged death certificates and even staged full funerals to collect insurance benefits on living persons.

Story Idea:

An interesting story idea might be to match up people who want to disappear with someone using the fake death scam to collect insurance money, with the policy benefit being the price of ending one’s original identity.

The Case of the Living Dead: Missouri Funeral Home Director Pleads Guilty to Faking Death Claims

The Case of the Living Dead: Missouri Funeral Home Director Pleads Guilty to Faking Death Claims  – http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2005/january

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What motivation is there to fake the deaths of others?
  • How do these schemes come unglued?

Description:

FBI Summary of how Roger Newman collected government burial benefits by turning in death certificates for living people.

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