A British man has been arrested for allegedly faking his own death in a life insurance scam. Hugo Sanchez's claim fell apart when police reportedly found his fingerprints on his own death certificate.
Sanchez's wife reported his death in 2005, supposedly as the result of a heart attack while on holiday in Ecuador; the story was that as he had been born in the country, she chose to bury him there.
Sanchez had several life insurance policies, one of which paid out £112,000, but some of which were later turned down amid suspicion he was still alive. His former employers HMV had paid for his wife to attend the funeral and requested this money back. When they didn't get a response, they called police.
The wife is serving a two-year sentence after being arrested last December. Sanchez himself has now been arrested in Australia and is subject to an extradition treaty for trial in the UK.