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American woman jailed for life insurance scam

American woman jailed for life insurance scam

A woman from Los Angeles, US, will face a maximum 90 year jail sentence after being found guilty of orchestrating a life insurance scam where she went as far as staging a fake funeral. 67-year-old Jean Crump was convicted by a jury last week on two counts of wire fraud, and one count of mail fraud. Her crimes hold a maximum custodial sentence of 90 years, although she will receive her sentence in November. Her three accomplices who acted with her have pleaded guilty to their charges. Crump, a former mortuary worker, stood accused of filing fraudulent claims amounting to $1.2 million on a life insurance policy for a person who was still alive. Along with her accomplices, Crump obtained death certificates and even staged a fake funeral, burying an empty coffin, in order to maintain the lie. When the insurance company became suspicious of Ms Crump’s activities and decided to investigate the case further, she had the coffin exhumed and filled it with a mannequin and cow parts before having it cremated. The defendant, along with her three accomplices, also faces charges for unlawfully obtaining money from companies which offer funds in advance to bereaved families to cover the cost of a funeral in exchange for a cut of the deceased’s life insurance.

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