A Zimbabwean man, 52, and his South African wife, 49, living in the United Kingdom are facing multiple years in prison after they conspired and faked his death so she could claim £400,000 life insurance.
A court has heard that Thulile Bhebhe pretended her husband was dead after her husband, Bekezela Bhebhe faked his own death between 1 August and 30 September 2016.
According to Mail Online, Zimbabwean Bhebe appeared at City of London Magistrates Court where he denied one count of fraud by false representation. His South African wife also admitted the same charge at the hearing.
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
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, while Thulile Bhebhe, of the same address, will be sentenced after the conclusion of her husband’s trial.
The publication also confirmed that couple were later released on unconditional bail.