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A mother who faked her own death in Tanzania and told her teenage son to lodge a £136,000 life insurance claim has been jailed for two and a half years. Arafa Nassib was found out when investigators couldn’t find any trace of her supposed grave in Zanzibar. They were then told she was living in Canada.

Nassib’s 18-year-old son Adil Kasim was given a ‘lenient’ 12-month community order at Birmingham Corwn Court after the pair, both from Walsall, admitted conspiracy to defraud Scottish Widows. The court heard that 48-year-old Nassib had racked up debts of £80,000 before deciding to travel to Zanzibar, where she was said to have fallen victim to a car crash in April last year. Kasim, an art and design student, was arrested last year after submitting a ‘false but official-looking’ death certificate, which he said was issued by a hospital in Tanzania.,

Honesty in the insurance claims process is imperative, or else the whole insurance system is at risk.’ Speaking after the case, Det Con Daryl Fryatt said: ‘Nassib and Kasim exploited the insurance industry for their own monetary gain, going to great lengths to try and avoid detection. Nassib moved her entire life abroad simply to try and avoid the consequences of faking her own death.’ A Scottish Widows spokesperson said: ‘We have robust fraud prevention measures which enabled us to identify this fraud quickly and refer it to the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department.’