Alleged fraudster ‘faked death to claim £400,000 life insurance’

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A woman pretended her husband was dead to claim £400,000 on his life insurance, a court has heard.

Bekezela Bhebhe, 52, faked his own death between 1 August and 30 September 2016, it is claimed.

Zimbabwean Bhebe appeared at City of Magistrates Court where he denied one count of fraud by false representation.

His South African wife Thulile Bhebhe, 49, admitted the same charge at the hearing.

Bekezela Bhebe is accused of faking his own death to cash in on a £400,000 life insurance policy. He denies the charge

Prosecutor Julian Pozimski told magistrates: ‘This is a case involving the provision of a life insurance policy of £397, 153.’

He said that, if found guilty, Mr Bhebe, could get up to five years in prison and so the case should be heard at a Crown Court.

Bhebhe’s South African wife admitted fraud and will be sentenced at a later date
Bhebhe’s South African wife admitted fraud and will be sentenced at a later date

Magistrate Colin Bateman-Jones told the couple: ‘The question of Mr Bhebhe’s guilt will be a matter for a trial.’

Bekezela Bhebhe, of Hayes, Middlesex, will appear at Inner London Crown Court on December 13.

Thulile Bhebhe, of the same address, will be sentenced after her husband’s trial has concluded.

The couple were released on unconditional bail.

The wife will be sentenced after the husband’s trial next year, a court heard
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