Fake death

By: ELOISE WALTON

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A SINGAPORE man has been jailed for three years after he faked his own death in a civil war shoot-out in Sri Lanka in 1987 to escape his creditors and claim 243,600 dollars in insurance money.

A Singapore newspaper, The Straits Times said that the man fled Singapore more than 20 years ago because he was being harassed by creditors and illegal money lenders since the failure of his car rental business.

The man, who moved to London to work as a street sweeper, eventually returned and settled in Sri Lanka, where he managed to obtain a death certificate stating he had been killed in a shootout between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, allowing his family to claim on his insurance policies.