Fake-death Briton arrested
Thursday 03 November 2011
A British man accused of faking his own death as part of a life
insurance scam has been arrested in Australia after a six-year hunt by
Hugo Sanchez, who also went by the first name Alfredo, was arrested in Sydney yesterday.
Sanchez and his wife Sophie were living in Surrey when they found themselves deeply in debt, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Sanchez is accused of convincing his wife to tell authorities and his employer that he died while overseas so she could collect his life insurance.
Mrs Sanchez began claiming on the life insurance policies, but suspicions were roused when Sanchez's own fingerprints were found on his death certificate, the prosecution service said.
Mrs Sanchez, 43, was arrested and admitted her husband was still alive. She pleaded guilty to six fraud offences and was sentenced to two years in jail last December.
Sanchez appeared briefly in a Sydney court today.
His lawyer, Jim Nicopoulos, told the court that Sanchez would not contest extradition to the UK.
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more