Woman who faked own death jailed

2013-04-17 11:04

Cape Town - A Cape Town woman was sentenced to four years in jail for faking her death to cash in on a R3.6m life insurance policy, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Argus reported that Hanelie Nel, 50, was sentenced by the Cape Town Regional Court on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, she could serve only eight months of her sentence, under a Criminal Procedures Act provision allowing for the conversion of a sentence to correctional supervision for good behaviour.

The court reportedly heard that she took out a life insurance policy with Liberty Life on 15 September 2009 and more than doubled it the following year.

She listed Doretha Kotze, 59, as her beneficiary.

Nel approached Charlene van Graan, 39, who worked at Avbob Funeral and Assurance Services at the time, and convinced her to issue a fake death registration certificate, in exchange for R100 000.

Liberty Life staff noticed the places of death listed on the relevant documents were not the same and the police were called in. They determined that Nel was still alive.

The Cape Argus reported that Van Graan was sentenced to five years in jail, wholly suspended on condition she not commit a similar offence.

The case against Kotze was separated because the court was not convinced that she had admitted guilt.

  • Monique Naude - 2013-04-17 11:24

    Sies man!!! The lengths people will go to astonishes me.

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-04-17 11:40

    for the love of money...

  • Dazza Oliver - 2013-04-17 11:48

    If you fake your death, the point is to disappear. Not hang around. Get your money and go. If you are stupid enough to not vanish, you deserve to be caught.

      Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-04-17 14:09

      If you want to "vanish", you've got to go somewhere. If you're mobile, you tend to be visible, which is a problem for a dead person. Unless you have the North Pole in mind...

      Dazza Oliver - 2013-04-17 14:26

      @stefan To go somewhere, you have to be mobile. The two go hand in hand.

      Frances Dawn Perkin - 2013-10-17 14:26

      She should have planned it better is all. And made sure the people she was dealing with were competent enough to get the documentation right. Then let the beneficiary handle the insurance claim and get out immediately, preferably on a fake passport.

  • Fikile Khoza - 2013-04-17 11:48

    times are tough, don't be too quick to judge she did not kill anybody she just wanted her own money....

      Mark Smith - 2013-04-17 12:17

      Lol - Her own money? The thing about the life assurance is that it is never yours, not even when you die.

      Dazza Oliver - 2013-04-17 12:27

      It wasn't her own money. In 3 years you cannot amass R3.6 mil. If her policy was R1000 a month (unlikely), she would only have paid in R36000. She was stealing from those that could have needed it. What happens if her R3.6mil was meant to go to a family thar really needed it due to a family death, to survive? But instead they starved and lost their house cause of this woman's fraud?

      Squeegee Pilot - 2013-04-17 13:22

      You have no morality. In your mind crime can be justified by need... do you work for government?

  • Kabelo K-breezy Moshime - 2013-04-17 12:08

    Honestly, I don't blame her. She probably needed the money.

      Dazza Oliver - 2013-04-17 14:06

      I see another unnecessary moderation by News24, since my comment is gone from here. Hijackers, bank robbers also need the money. You won't be singing the same tune when one of them needs the money and robs you.

  • Lira Elle Gobeni - 2013-04-17 12:11

    Arrest the both of them....evey action has consequencies

      Robin Bradley - 2013-04-17 12:30

      Uh... they were arrested.. how else would they be going to Jail and have a suspended jail term... Not too clever are you....

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2013-04-17 12:24

    Money is a root of all evils

      Gwynneth Rowe - 2013-04-17 13:53

      Love of money is the root of all evil actually.

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2013-04-17 12:28

    Money is a root of all evil

      Dina Makeke - 2013-04-17 12:42

      True Zolisa.....where there is money, there is always a positive change or negative change, then where the is nothing @ all....evil play a big role.

      Palesa Radebe - 2013-04-17 14:05

      Lack of money is root of all evil-she did evil to get money and it caught up with her

      Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-04-17 14:12

      Unfortunately we need some to make a living.

  • Dina Makeke - 2013-04-17 12:38

    Not all people do bad things for the love of the money but desperately for the need of it. Times are tough but to even fake your own death.....eish it must have been too rough.

  • Adele Coetzee Full - 2013-04-17 12:47

    I'll rather have no money than be convicted for something as stupid as this...

  • Madise Paul-Zuhair Mphuthi - 2013-04-17 13:19

    how low can you go?

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-04-17 22:17

      desperate people take desperate measures

  • mica.gogome - 2013-04-17 13:22

    whatever the case may be,but thats brilliant.No bloodshed.She was trying her luck.Life is too short.What if she was successful.Over the moon.LOLEST.

  • Mamushcka_ - 2013-04-17 13:48

    4 the love of money... Nice try woman_ better luck next time.

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-04-17 14:09

    8 months ....take the time to jack up your political connections, come out and.. whalla !!! you are a self made millionaire in no time. Choose the right party girl. Some have better fraud rate than others.

  • Tawizee - 2013-04-17 15:43

    Ag shame. if she wants a get rich quick scheme she must join the "right" political party.

  • Nomcebo Dlamini - 2013-04-17 22:42

    nice try Now I'm thinking of my current debt vs policies after my death. Yho!

  • Ditoa-re Gypsy - 2013-04-17 22:45

    Lol. I wonder how long she was gonna be dead?. And rise again from death when R3,6M is klaar

  • Medumo Lekgoba - 2013-04-18 11:00

    R3,6m! My manager once told me some people invest in death too much,

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