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Retiree who faked death gets 6 years

CANTERBURY, England, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- An English retiree who tried to collect on his life insurance by faking his death in Honduras received a six-year prison sentence Friday.

A judge in Canterbury Crown Court said Anthony McErlean, 66, who tried to get the money by posing as his wife, was motivated by "overweening greed," The Independent reported. He was trying to collect a payout of 520,000 pounds (almost $800,000) and is reported to have told police after his arrest he did not want "to be destitute in old age."

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"This is deliberate and calculated fraud, not only from corporate bodies but also from the public," Judge Adele Williams said.

Prosecutors at McErlean's trial said he submitted documents to Ace European insurance company that purported to show he had been run over by a farm truck in Honduras while changing a flat tire. The insurance company turned the case over to the Insurance Fraud Bureau after its investigators found McErlean's fingerprints on the death certificate.

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