Dead Money Australian funeral director faked 77 deaths for insurance money

An Australian funeral director accused of faking more than 70 deaths to pocket the insurance money was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment.

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The funeral director who desperately needed money to pay off his bills and business costs faked the deaths of more than 70 people to pocket the insurance money.

Holden Hills Magistrates Court heard Robin George Knight, 45, faked the deaths of 77 clients who had prepaid funeral contracts and used the more than $540,000 he received through the scam to pay his bills and other business costs, UPI reports.

The court heard one of the insurance companies that contracted through Knight's funeral home is refusing to honor the contracts of Knight's victims, leaving 38 people without their prepaid funeral service.

Knight pleaded guilty to about 100 counts of theft and deception.

"It is a daily struggle to live with the consequences of my actions, particularly how a number of people have been let down and left with a severe disadvantage," he said. "I deeply regret my actions and apologize to everybody concerned."

Magistrate Cathy Deland sentenced Knight to four years and six months in prison, with a non-parole period of three years.

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