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Woman who 'faked death in Zanzibar in £140k fraud bid' arrested along with son

A mother and teenage son have been arrested after she allegedly faked her death in Zanzibar in a bid to claim £140,000 of insurance money.

Police said the 45-year-old woman's son and his guardian claimed she had died in a car crash in East Africa and allegedly provided false documents including a death certificate and accident reports to insurers.

The insurance company did not pay out as it was unable to verify the woman's death.

The woman's 19-year-old son, from Walsall, West Midlands, was arrested and admitted she was living in Canada, officers said.

The woman has been questioned by City of London Police's Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department after returning to the UK, and the son's guardian, a 24-year-old man from Walsall, has also been interviewed.

All three have been released on bail until April.

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