News Man fakes death arrested for insurance fraud

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A businessman reported dead two years ago in Venezuela was arrested in North Carolina on fraud charges Saturday after his life insurance companies filed lawsuits alleging he was alive.

    Details of the charges against Jose Lantigua, 62, are unclear. But his arrest ends two years of speculation about whether the former furniture store owner had allegedly faked a fatal illness in 2013 while vacationing in Venezuela, leaving his Jacksonville business millions of dollars in debt.

    His life insurance companies thought they were being swindled and began an investigation, saying Lantigua was not dead after two lenders filed claims, the lawsuits said. The lawsuits by Hartford Life & Annuity Insurance Co. also alleged that a worker was bribed to falsify documents stating that Lantigua’s body was cremated, and claimed he fraudulently assigned benefits claims to a local creditor before he disappeared.
     
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    Wow, I wonder how much the life insurance was for?
     
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    Insurance company thinking there getting swindled That's funny, they hate paying.
     
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    he looks like quite the shady bastard
     
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    Leaving the bizzzz millions in debt.
     
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    this guy and co-worker will now be facing serous jail tame and Federal prison time .

    It would be illegal if you did anything illegal in the underlying fakery. I.e. you were trying to escape taxes, get life insurance for a family member and so on. In order to live a life in the US (if that is where you are) you need to have a social security number and other items that would require you to fake documents to get new ones after your "death." This in and of itself would be a crime. So while faking your death, per se, might not be a crime, the results and the necessary actions after to live a new life, would probably make you a criminal.
     
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    Poor Jose. Hey he took a shot.