Insurance scam woman gets confiscation order of almost £160,000

27/10/2011

A woman who tried to scam insurance companies after her husband faked his own death has today had a confiscation order of almost £160,000 made against her.

Today (27/10) at Oxford Crown Court an order for £158,000 was made against Sophie Sanchez, 43, who was jailed in December for two years for her part in the scam.

Senior Crown Advocate Simon Heptonstall said after the hearing: 'Our priority is to make sure that fraudsters don't escape to enjoy the benefits of their crimes and that victims are properly compensated.'

The couple, who had been living together in Farnham, Surrey, got deep into debt. In 2005, Ecuador-born Sanchez persuaded his wife to tell the authorities and his employers at HMV, Maidenhead, that he had died while abroad.

HMV was sympathetic and paid for Mrs Sanchez to travel to South America so that she could go to her husband's funeral, as well as paying out a large sum of money to her as part of her husband's pension package.

Mrs Sanchez started claiming on the life insurance policies Sanchez had taken out; however, suspicions arose when Alfredo's own fingerprints were discovered on his death certificate.

Sophie Sanchez was arrested in September last year when she came back to England for her sister's wedding.  She admitted her husband was still alive and pleaded guilty to six fraud offences. Her husband Alfredo went on the run in Australia with their children.

The confiscated money was awarded to HMV.