6 due in court for life insurance scam

2013-01-07 13:05

Durban - Six people will appear in the Durban Commercial Crimes court on Monday for alleged insurance fraud, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the six were arrested on Thursday and Friday. They were allegedly part of a scheme to defraud insurance companies after insuring a dead man and claiming the life insurance.

"It is alleged that a 50-year-old suspect had taken out a life cover with insurance companies for his uncle, who was already deceased, to the value of R1.5m," Mdunge said.

"He paid the monthly premiums as usual and waited patiently to claim."

Needed body

Mdunge said the man wanted to claim the insurance in October last year but needed a body to represent his dead uncle.

He then approached a woman at a funeral parlour in Durban and allegedly promised her R15 000 if she could find him a dead body and forge a death certificate.

She approached Zivelele Funeral Services to help her find the body. The body had to be presented to a doctor for certification and then buried later.

However, Zivelele Funeral Services did not have a body resembling the deceased uncle so they asked the Twin Sister Funeral Services in Pinetown to help them.

"They had a body fitting the description but it could not be buried because it belonged to another family, Mdunge said.

"Twin Sister Funeral Services loaned Zivelele Funeral Services a male body which the claimant presented to the doctor for death certification, after which he was able to obtain a death certificate."

The body was taken back to Twin Sister Funeral Services who were promised R20 000 for their part in the scam.

Female body buried

However Zivelele Funeral Services still needed a body to bury and Twin Sister Funeral Services helped them again by buying a female body from a mortuary employee at the RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth for R3 000.

The body was buried at Shellcross cemetery.

"The death certificate states that a deceased is a male but Zivelele Funeral Services buried a female body dressed in male pyjamas," Mdunge said.

After an investigation, the man, the owner of Zivelele Funeral Services, the owners of Twin Sister Funeral Services, the woman who helped the man, and the mortuary employee were arrested.

  • kgakgamatso.phatlane - 2013-01-07 13:15

    So much much scheming for R20 000. haai they deserve to go to prison....but one wonders how many got away with it thou.

      motlalepula.sompane - 2013-01-07 13:42

      "It is alleged that a 50-year-old suspect had taken out a life cover with insurance companies for his uncle, who was already deceased, to the value of R1.5m, babalaas?

  • scheepers - 2013-01-07 13:16

    Good story

  • hangwi.maphanda - 2013-01-07 13:22


      ari.potah - 2013-01-07 13:28


      tatsee - 2013-01-07 14:15

      Holy mackerel!What mystical language is this?

      givenvon.baloyi - 2013-01-07 15:35

      Venda speaking folks clearly understood Hangwi. Anyway this is sad but I couldn't help not laugh.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-01-07 13:25

    Plain stupid , why do people get themselves into something like this ?

      motlalepula.sompane - 2013-01-07 13:43

      just shows how hard it is to steal from thieves aka insurance companies

  • msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-07 13:52

    Wow! This sounds like a script of a hollywood comedy movie, lol.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-07 14:35

      "Weekend with Sipho"

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2013-01-07 13:58

    I think they must make an exapmple with this people so that whoever is currently doing this stops with immediate effect.

  • tatsee - 2013-01-07 14:14

    This would make a fantastic crime movie script!

      msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-07 14:22

      I agree, only if they change the ending.

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-07 16:04

      Why change the ending, too many movies idolise criminals - why, they make all our lives worse at the end of the day. Robbing insurance companies just makes honest people have to pay higher premiums.

  • bless.boswell - 2013-01-07 14:19

    No respect for the dead nor their families. Makes you wonder how much respect they have for the living.

  • siyabulela.nombita - 2013-01-07 14:34

    Real ppl in these daez thy dnt afraid anythng thy du anythng 2 get money hw cn ppl du such scam dam wt evr d judge wl charge thm thy real deserve it

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-07 15:57


  • Jabulani Ntombela - 2013-01-07 15:10

    if they found guilty they should be given life sentences

  • Klaus - 2013-01-07 15:27

    I am sure a movie could be made out of this ?

  • lyzelle.scheepers - 2013-01-07 16:37

    Reminds me of the movie " Weekend at Bernies" LOL

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2013-01-07 16:37

    ai ai ai ai! I bet you they said like so many other criminals - 'we'll never be caught'!!!!

  • ianthe.exall - 2013-01-07 16:40

    Is this a Hitchcock script?

  • dingiswayo.nyambose.1 - 2013-01-07 19:18

    To think that they go through all this to get money to invest in mags and sound systems is a shocker. And the Zulus there are fooled by the mag and sound people. Fools.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-07 20:07

    Are you kidding me WTF!!!! Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Why didn't thy just ask ZUMA for some muny am sure he woundhve given them sme.

  • warren.nel.942 - 2013-01-07 21:21


  • llewelyn.louw - 2013-01-07 22:15

    Our criminals are aiming for the no.1 position in The Smoking Gun television series.

  • 7777santos - 2013-01-07 22:20

    It is a case of believing in your ancestors and in the heat or spur of the moment you stop believing in them. This is where you end up! Hunted and arrested to explain where your wealth comes from!

  • smahlaba - 2013-01-14 12:01


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