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CA woman gets 1½-year sentence for funeral scam

Posted: April 23, 2013 2:14 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2013 2:14 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles mortuary employee 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.

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

The 70-year-old Crump was convicted in 2010 of two counts of wire fraud and one count of 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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