Women Charged With Running Fake Funerals

Two women in Southern California are facing federal charges of running a scam involving fake funerals.

How did it work? Prosecutors say the women took out insurance policies on fictitious people and then staged funeral services for them.

Two other women have previously pleaded guilty in the case. The indictment lists just two fabricated deaths, but authorities say there may have been as many as seven.

In most cases, say prosecutors, the supposedly dead people were "cremated." But in one case, it's alleged that a phony burial was held at a cemetery in Compton.

The case has surprised many in the funeral industry.

A spokeswoman for the National Funeral Directors Association says while there are reports from time to time of scams involving funeral workers skimming from trust funds, she's never heard of an entire fake funeral.

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  • by Mother Location: Washingotn on Apr 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    I agree with you Ginny.
  • by Ginny Location: V'town on Apr 19, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    Ingenious... the criminal mind at work trying to make money without actually having to work. Look at all the potential if these two women had actually joined together in a legal business adventure! I have to admit it was very creative and they did something they had never heard anyone do before. Unfortunately, you can't get away with sin in the long run. Even if you never get caught while living on earth, there's always the life after to think about.

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