Six people in court for defrauding insurance companies

Six people in Durban allegedly used a dead person to defraud an insurance company.

Six people in Durban allegedly used a dead person to defraud an insurance company. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

DURBAN - Six people appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Monday for allegedly using a dead man to defraud insurance companies.

Police said one of the men took out life cover worth R1,5 million with insurance companies for his uncle who was already dead.

He then allegedly approached a funeral parlour, and offered them R15,000 for a body and a forged death certificate.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said a corpse was stolen from a government hospital.

"It also emerged that the body was resold for R3,000."

After an investigation, the man and several of his accomplices were arrested.