Fraud Charges – Life Insurance

Detectives from the Financial Crime Squad have charged a 42-year-old woman with fraud related offences after a life insurance claim was paid out in her name.

It will be alleged; on 7 February 2024, the woman – purporting to be her partner – began a claim process with a life insurance company. The claim stated the woman had died in a car crash in December 2023, in Broome.

In an effort to validate the claim, the woman falsified several documents which she then provided to the insurance company.

On 14 February 2024, the insurance company paid the claim total of $718,923 into a bank account that had been opened by the woman under the name of her partner.

Between 15 and 16 February 2024, the woman made several payments from the account. Due to the nature of the transactions, the bank flagged and froze the account.

Police were subsequently alerted and the 42-year-old Myaree woman was arrested on 8 March 2024 and charged with one count of ‘Gains Benefit by Fraud’ and ‘Intent to Defraud knowingly uses any Record which is False’.

She is next due to appear in the Perth District Court on 12 July 2024.

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