Mom pretended to be dead son to collect insurance money

June 6th, 2012 - 9:47 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Atlanta, June 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office have declared that Donna Ellis Gibbs, an Atlanta resident, has confessed to collecting more than $151,000 after committing insurance fraud.

She has been charged on five counts of insurance fraud and one count of theft after taking a fraudulent an accidental death policy in her deceased son’s name.

After she pleaded guilty, Gibbs has been sentenced to 20 years’ probation, 200 hours of community service. In addition, she must pay back all of the money she took from the insurance provider.

Prosecutors claim that Gibbs posed as her dead son and applied for an insurance policy for two months after his death. Gibbs’ son passed away in a December 2002 after being victim of a car crash. She later submitted a claim to an insurance company and collected the full policy amount.

Her former husband, the son’s father, investigated the issue and uncovered the plot in March 2007. He sent the insurance company the original death certificate of his son and notified them of the fraud. Local prosecutors say the sentence can be terminated after five years if Gibbs successfully completes the terms of her plea agreement.

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