Ex-LA mortuary worker guilty of fake funeral fraud

A federal jury has convicted a former Los Angeles mortuary employee of staging fake funerals in a scheme to defraud insurance companies of $1.2 million.

The U.S. attorney's office said Monday that 67-year-old Jean Crump was found guilty of two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud.

Crump and three accomplices took out bogus death certificates, purchased a burial plot, buried an empty casket and staged a phony funeral. They then billed the insurance companies.

After insurers started investigating, Crump and her cohorts exhumed the coffin, filled it with a mannequin and cow parts and cremated it.

Crump is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 29.

Her accomplices had previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the scam.