Calif. woman gets 1½-year term in funeral scam

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 5:02 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 70-year-old woman has been sentenced to 1½ years in prison for defrauding insurers by staging a fake funeral and attempting to cover it up by cremating a mannequin and cow parts she placed in the casket while working at a Los Angeles mortuary.

Jean Crump was sentenced Tuesday in federal court and also was ordered to pay more than $315,000 in restitution.

Crump was convicted last year of multiple counts of wire and mail fraud.

Prosecutors say she and three others took out bogus death certificates, purchased a burial plot, buried an empty casket and staged a funeral, then billed $1.2 million to insurance companies.

When insurers investigated, Crump and her cohorts exhumed the coffin, filled it with a mannequin and cow parts and cremated it.

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