National 27.7.2016 03:47 pm

Man ‘fakes death’ for R3.6m life insurance payout

Stock image. Photo: Alberton Record

Stock image. Photo: Alberton Record

One of two women accused of fraud after trying to cash in a life insurance policy is reportedly linked to siblings arrested in a Krugersdorp triple-murder case.

A 31-year-old man from Krugersdorp in Mogale City is facing charges of culpable homicide and fraud after allegedly faking his death in order to cash in his R3.6 million life insurance policy.

According to a report by Daily Sun, police found a body burnt beyond recognition in the suspect’s car, leaving his family devastated, thinking the body was his. Police then started investigating the case after his death was reported to the insurance company.

However, police got suspicious after a high school teacher and another woman, believed to be close friends of the suspect, tried to claim his life insurance. The insurance company said it was the “holes” in the reported case that raised the red flag on their side.

DNA tests that were done on the burnt body could not link to the suspect, leaving police suspecting he might have murdered someone in order to carry out his plan. The paper reports that a man, believed to have been a friend of the suspect, was reported missing by his family in December. The deceased’s family last saw him when the suspect reportedly picked him up – until recently, when police identified him through the DNA testing.

A source told the paper that the suspect’s wife, who had been on the same policy, recently died in mysterious circumstances. Police would not comment on the matter.

“The suspect was arrested in Mogale City, where he was living under a false name,” police spokesperson Captain Appel Ernst told the paper.

The other two suspects appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Monday on a fraud charge and were denied bail. They are expected to appear again next week.

One of the two suspects, Marinda Steyn, is reportedly the mother of the Steyn siblings allegedly involved in the Krugersdorp triple-murder case.

A dog tag belonging to Steyn is currently in police possession as evidence with an ‘Electus per deus’ slogan engraved on it. Both her children allegedly have a tattoo with the same slogan, which means ‘Selected by MY god‘.

The state indicated both women were to stand trial alongside the man, Zak Valentine, who “rose from the dead”.

READ MORE: Mother of Krugersdorp triple murder suspects arrested

Steyn was last month reportedly released on bail after she was arrested for possession of drugs. In the same week, her children, Marcelle and Leroux Steyn, were arrested for alleged involvement in the May triple murders.

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