Funeral Scam

Two women accused of staging sham funerals to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in life insurance payments have pleaded not guilty in federal court in Los Angeles.
Sixty-year-old Faye Shilling and 67-year-old mortuary worker Jean Crump entered pleas Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams.
The pair were arrested last week on mail and wire fraud charges. They remain free on $10,000 bond.
Prosecutors say the pair schemed to defraud insurance companies and funeral-related businesses out of more than $750,000. The two are accused of purchasing policies on fictitious people, then staging their funerals.
Caskets were allegedly weighted with various materials to make it appear they contained corpses.


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