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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fraudster Fails to Fake Own Death


Travis Scott, 36, was sentenced to prison for at least five years for an $11.5 million insurance scam.  Rather than do the time, Scott hatched an elaborate plan to fake his own death and then escape to Canada.

Scott left bits of wisdom teeth, strands of hair, pints of blood, a shotgun, and a suicide note in a boat on Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota.  When authorities found the note, it said Scott had weighted down his body to sink.  Instead of committing suicide, Scott escaped on an airplane he had bought and flew into an unsupervised airport near Winnipeg.  Scott planned on traveling to Australia or Belize but was caught eight days after his faked death using fake prescriptions for anxiety pills.

After his identity was discovered, Scott was sentenced to over 12 years in prison.  Authorities explained that they quickly learned the apparent suicide was faked.  Scott had left a bullet in the chamber of the shotgun and left no vehicle nearby. 

See Fraudster Who Faked His Own Suicide by Leaving a Shotgun and His Blood in a Boat to Avoid Jail for $11.5 Million Scam Is Sentenced to 12 Years Behind Bars, Daily Mail, Nov. 19, 2013.


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