Minnesota man pleads guilty to faking death for insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death eight years ago in Eastern Europe to collect a $2 million life insurance policy has pleaded guilty.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that 54-year-old Igor Vorotinov is to be sentenced for mail fraud on July 29 in U.S. District Court.

Authorities alleged Vorotinov in 2011 arranged for a corpse to be dressed in his clothes and planted his identification on the body before placing it along a road in the former Soviet republic of Moldova. An insurance company sent his wife a $2 million check in 2012.

Irina Vorotinov pleaded guilty in 2016 to fraud charges and was sentenced to about three years in prison.

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Son Alkon Vorotinov was sentenced in 2015 to three years of probation for his involvement.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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