A 35-year-old man and his 53-year-old mother were charged in court on 12 April 2019 for several offences involving faking the woman's death to obtain insurance and CPF claims. More than $3.7 million in claims were made.
On 13 November 2018, AXA lodged a Police report after detecting some irregularities in the documents relating to the woman's purported death in Pakistan. By then, $49,000 was paid out from NTUC under the Dependants' Protection Scheme and $80,331.23 was paid out from the woman's CPF account.
On 21 November 2018, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested the man. The woman was also subsequently arrested.
The man faces a total of 11 charges, including charges of engaging in a conspiracy to commit cheating, giving false information, making a false statutory declaration, and providing false evidence.
The woman faces a total of 5 charges of engaging in a conspiracy to cheat.
If convicted, both of them could face the following punishments for each of the charges preferred against them:
Conspiracy to commit cheating - Up to 10 years' imprisonment and shall also be liable to a fine;
Making a false statutory declaration / providing false evidence - Imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years and shall also be liable to a fine; and
Giving false information - Imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to $5,000, or with both.
The police have worked in close collaboration with the insurers in this investigation. In our continuous effort to combat fraud, it is vital for all insurers to be proactive in detecting and reporting suspicious cases to the authorities.
Source: Singapore Police Force