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Woman arrested after allegedly faking her own death

A 45-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives from the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) after she allegedly faked her own death, to allow her family to make a £140,000 false life insurance claim in her name.

The woman’s son and his guardian made a claim for life insurance in May. They claimed that the woman had died in a car crash in Zanzibar and allegedly provided false documentation such as a death certificate and road traffic accident reports to make the claim.

The insurance company tried to verify the death of the woman in Zanzibar and found the documentation to be suspicious, they decided not to pay the claim and in late 2016 they referred the case to IFED which launched an investigation.

The son aged 19, from Walsall was arrested and interviewed by detectives and admitted that his mother was alive and living in Canada. The woman was contacted by police and asked to return to the UK and was arrested at Perry Barr Police Station.  The son’s guardian aged 24, from Walsall was also interviewed. All three suspects have been bailed to return to Perry Barr Police Station, Birmingham in April.

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