2 indicted for faking funerals, collecting insurance

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two women for cashing life insurance policies on people who’d never lived. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two women for cashing life insurance policies on people who’d never lived. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Frank Stoltze: Federal prosecutors say the dearly departed were fakes, and so were their funerals. They allege 60-year-old Faye Shilling of Hawthorne and 67-year-old Jean Crump of Los Angeles participated in a scheme to buy – and cash in on – insurance policies for fictitious people.

Prosecutors say the two went so far as to stage fake funerals to lend credibility to their caper – purchasing burial plots and filling caskets with various materials so workers who handled them would think the caskets contained human remains.

Shilling is a phlebotomist and Crump is a former employee of a now-defunct Long Beach mortuary. Two other defendants have pleaded guilty. Prosecutors say the investigation isn’t over. Shilling and Crump, they say, intended to defraud insurance and lending companies out of more than three quarters of a million dollars.

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