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US woman fakes death to dodge fines

Published Mar 2, 2006


United States - An Iowa woman allegedly faked her death to avoid paying parking tickets.

Police say 36-year-old Kimberly Du was caught after she got another ticket a month after her 'death', reports said.

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Investigators said Du faked her own obituary and forged an afidavit telling a judge she had died in a car accident.

In her letter she allegedly included a phony obituary, made to look like a page from The Des Moines Register's website.

"The state still has to convince a jury of 12, but faking your own death is not a good idea," said Bob Rigg, of the Drake Law Clinic.

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The case began to unravel when investigators said Du was stopped for another traffic ticket - a month after the obituary was dated.

If convicted she'll face up to five years in prison for fraud - instead of the $500 (about R3 000) fine she might have been expected to pay for failing to pay her parking tickets.

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