Fake funerals used to cash in on life insurance
Apr 15th 2009 9:00AM
Updated Apr 15th 2009 12:54PM
I've heard of some crazy get-rich-quick schemes, but this one is way out there. Two women in Los Angeles were charged with staging fake funerals to collect about $1 million of life insurance and other payments. They allegedly bought fake life insurance policies and then held sham burials or cremations and got fake death certificates.
Authorities say they were even so bold as to load up a casket so that it would feel like it had a body in it. Then they held a funeral and buried the casket. But when they got nervous about being caught, they had the coffin exhumed and filed false paperwork, saying the body had been cremated. They also claimed they scattered the ashes at sea.
Apparently a doctor was offered $50,000 to help falsify medical records. Also, other participants in the scheme have pleaded guilty in the case or are expected to be arrested. Some of the people involved in the scam worked in the mortuary business.
This case shows that some people will go to any means to scam other people out of money. Although many people would rather avoid even thinking about funerals, this story is a good reminder that there are people looking to prey on others in all kinds of businesses and industries. And even though this funeral scam involved fake burials, people who are dealing with an actual death of a loved one should remember that there are people who might take advantage of their tragic situation and attempt to scam them.