Durban – Three people are expected to appear in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on Monday for alleged insurance fraud involving a "loaned" corpse, the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal said on Wednesday.
The three, aged between 38 and 52, appeared in the court on May 25, where they were each granted R5 000 bail and their case was postponed, spokesperson Lieutenant Simphiwe Mhlongo said.
According to an SABC report, the alleged multi-million-rand fraud syndicate involved a private security company. Two of the three suspects are a security guard and a funeral parlour employee.
The matter came to light when an insurance company approached police with suspicions about a claim. They determined that a 40-year-old woman had lodged a life insurance claim for her uncle. She was the main beneficiary of the policy.
Police apparently discovered that the uncle had died years earlier, but that home affairs had no record of it.
The woman allegedly colluded with a funeral parlour, which "loaned" her a corpse that matched her uncle. A doctor allegedly certified that the person had died from natural causes.