Fake funerals used to cash in on life insurance


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.