A Virginia woman faked her own death to go on a shopping spree with her husband in an insurance fraud plot.
Alexandra Hatcher, 49, of Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and fraud charges on Oct. 31, reports WGHP. The woman had conspired with her husband, Albert Hatcher, Jr., to fake her own death to claim life insurance payouts, according to court documents.
The couple is reported to have submitted fraudulent death claims in 2015 on at least two insurance plans, using forged documents and counterfeit checks to purchase at least 20 luxury vehicles.
The couple went as far as publishing a death notice in a newspaper and falsifying death certificates, prosecutors said.
In August 2015, Alexandra changed her legal name and went to Washington, D.C. The couple re-titled the cars, using them for collateral in loans and to purchase more vehicles.
Alexandra is reported to have used her new name to purchase and resell vehicles.
Alexandra and Albert both pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and possessing and uttering a counterfeit security of an organization. Both face a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
Alexandra is set to be sentenced on Feb. 12, 2018, and Albert will be sentenced on Jan. 22, according to WTKR.
In another story, a woman going by the name "Jennifer" is reported to have possibly faked her own death to get a free dress, Fox News reports.
The woman is reported to have been shopping on online retailer LuLaRoe, and communicated with a seller in a Facebook group to try to buy an "Amelia" style dress. LuLaRoe uses independent consultants to sell its items, and operates in a similar way to beauty company Avon.
The conversation began with Jennifer telling the independent seller that her mother had suffered a stroke, saying she "didn't want [the seller] to sell it to someone else]" because of how much she wanted the dress.
Three hours later, the seller received another message from Jennifer's account, from a person claiming to be Jennifer's husband.
"I am going through my wife's phone," read the message. "She was on the way to [redacted] this morning and was hit head on by a person texting and did not make it. This is her husband. How do I pay this bill? I know how much she wanted this and I am going to have her buried in it."
Commenters questioned the authenticity of Jennifer's death.
"You don't think he would have more important things to do like being at the hospital, etc with the remains, instead of buying Lula?" wondered one commenter.
The seller then devised a plan to test whether the message about Jennifer's death had been faked. She messaged the account to tell her she had been selected to win a free item from her group.
"Omg I never win anything!" replied Jennifer's account. "What style can I choose from? I live in [redacted] so can you send it to me?"
The seller then asked Jennifer about the alleged death.
"I just saw a post where someone messaged from this profile about his wife dying?" asked the seller. "Is that true?"
Jennifer denied the accusation of faking her own death, and later posted to the Facebook group saying that she had been "in contact with the police," adding that someone had hacked her account.
It's unclear whether Jennifer's account was truly hacked, or whether the woman's real name is Jennifer. Another user posted a comment saying that she knew Jennifer and that the woman's ex-husband had hacked into her account to say that she had died.
Another user said she had sold Jennifer leggings previously, but the woman then tried to stop the payment for them so that she would not be charged.