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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Misidentified Decedent Fraud Scheme Results in Prison Sentence

JailAn insurance fraud scheme involving misidentification of a deceased individual has resulted in the man involved being sentenced to up to five years in prison. Mike Stacker plead guilty to attempted insurance fraud and to identity theft. Stacker was accused of taking out multiple life insurance policies with himself as a beneficiary under an assumed name. When his relative died he attempted to bury her out of state under a different name and collect on the insurance policies, but his refusal to allow an autopsy for religious reasons raised red flags and led to charges being brought against him.

See Frank Donnelly, Man Sentenced for Faking Decedent's Name in $960G Insurance Scam, SI Live, Apr. 27, 2015.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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