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.