Fraud: Funeral parlour owner, woman held

2012-12-24 12:16

Johannesburg - A funeral parlour owner and woman were arrested near Umbilo, Durban, after the two used a corpse to fraudulently claim life insurance, police said on Monday.

The woman, 35, apparently made up a birth certificate of a fictional person named Aphiwe Ntombela, said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Col Vincent Mdunge.

She then took out life insurance policies, collectively worth R950 000, in this person's name with three different companies. She subsequently paid a number of monthly premiums.

"When the policies were ready for claiming she had a dilemma, because she had to kill a person who did not exist," said Mdunge.

"To solve this problem she approached a funeral parlour owner from uMlazi and asked him to 'borrow' [lend] her a female body from his mortuary, so that the body could be presented to the doctor for certification of death."

Last Wednesday the funeral parlour owner, aged 42, took a woman's body from his mortuary to eThekwini mortuary, where he presented it under the name of Aphiwe Ntombela.

"The doctor saw the body and certified it as deceased."

A death certificate was issued and the woman used it to lodge fraudulent insurance claims.

The funeral parlour owner planned to come back on Friday to fetch the woman's body, so she could be buried by her real family.

Police received a tip-off about the scam and waited at the eThekwini mortuary to arrest him.

The woman who had secured the insurance policies was also arrested.

The two will appear in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on a charge of fraud on Monday.

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2012-12-24 12:26

    If u make a deal u have to pay everybody involved.Other wise a tip-off is going to work against u.Clever move but greedy cough them limping.

      lownabester - 2012-12-24 13:14

      Not a clever move at all, they would have gotten caught, dumb, dumb, Greed's a terrible thing.

  • fdalana - 2012-12-24 12:34

    wellcome to fraudth africa.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-24 16:10

      Considering the majority of South Africans are honest, hardworking people who pay their taxes (I am not talking about social grant dependants), it is a bit unfair to taing every South African as living in "fraud africa" as this gives the impression that we all fraudsters

  • kagiso.setuke - 2012-12-24 13:04


  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-24 13:09

    Dump these 2 Dagwood,s into the coffin with the deceased ~easy??

  • jay.ramodiana - 2012-12-24 13:13

    You have to give it to that women perfect crime pity she got caught wonder who tiped the polices

  • MUFHENI - 2012-12-24 13:41


      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-24 22:34

      Chill-out dude...

      Robert Simon - 2012-12-25 05:56

      Hey Nic dont be an idiot, what is it to chill for.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-24 13:44

    If one can repeatedly get pregnant in order to get a mere R200 child support grant for each one, what else can they do. I have heard of several cases of people taking out life cover on their sickly and elderly relatives with the hope they would not live beyond a year. That's how ugly the love of money can get.

  • jairaj.sureschandra - 2012-12-24 14:06

    I'm lost for words .........

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-24 22:29

      Don't touch me on my corpse....sorry just couldn't resist it...

  • kalman.dittrich - 2012-12-24 14:22

    I would like a discussion of who the real Devils are here. You have a massive desperate population with insurance companies advertising life insurance from the morning all day long. These mischievousness money makers play on peoples emotions and make massive return on people paying them good money. We have locals that Kill their very own family for a possible lift up in life. Its the insurance companies negligence with their ownership of national airtime, dominated by them to tap into poor people to take their good money away from them each month. Has anybody noticed just how much these "DOGS" are advertising selling life cover. PIGS !!!!

  • ben.sumuni - 2012-12-24 14:25

    This is the height of notoriety in corruption! GOD HELP US!

  • nqobilehlengiwe.thungo - 2012-12-24 14:39

    Atleast she did not kill anyone, it was a perfect crime gone wrong. I'm sure she is going to get bail, and spend thousands on legal fees.

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-12-24 15:54

    Almost got away with it, but God was watching you. Exodus 20:15 - You shall not steal.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-24 16:02

    What ever next? The fraudulent crimes some people come up with is 'mind boggling'!!!!

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-24 16:11

    If the monetary system was replaced by a resource based economy such sickness would not exist in our society.

  • madise.paul - 2012-12-24 16:59

    how in the hell!

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-24 22:23

    *she had a dilema because she had to kill a person who did not exist*....I can't help it I find it soooo funny....

  • aphiwe.mayola - 2012-12-24 23:22

    Feel absolutely no sympathy for the insurance companies, they scam people outa their hard earned cash on the daily and pocket millions. So whatever! Sucks that they dis-respected the body of that young woman and her family! Which douchebag snitched...

  • cokiswa.mhlahlo - 2012-12-25 08:58

    talk about money being the root of all evil.

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