CARIBBEAN: Jamaican man accused of faking death for $17-m insurance payout

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican man accused of faking death for $17-m insurance payout

gty_courtroom_gavel_judge_mw_110908_wblogJAMAICA OBSERVER – A Clarendon farmer, Kim Wayne Phillips, who allegedly conspired with his British wife and others to fake his death in order to claim a $17-million insurance payout, is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on September 7.

Dr Ivor Davis, who had reportedly signed the death certificate claiming Phillips had died from a heart attack, is also scheduled to return to court on the said day.

Both accused had their bails extended last Thursday by Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis, after she was informed that the file was still incomplete.

Phillips, 45, of Mocho, was arrested on February 21 this year and charged with conspiracy to defraud, attempting to obtain money by false pretence, and making a false declaration following allegations that he along with wife and another man, conspired to fleece Guardian Life Insurance Company of the money.

Davis was arrested in April and charged with conspiracy to defraud, following allegations that he had signed Phillips’ ‘death certificate’.

The court heard that a death certificate and a burial order with the name of the doctor, who allegedly signed the order, were presented to the insurance company.

The insurance claim application was reportedly submitted to Guardian Life last September, after Phillips had allegedly suffered a heart attack and ‘died’.

The court was previously informed that following the submission of the claim, Phillips reportedly sent a text to his wife asking: “You get the money yet?”

Attorney Patrick Peterkin, who is representing Phillips, maintained that his client had nothing to do with the fraudulent plot.

Donald Bryan is representing Dr Davis.

Police said they have been trying to find another man, as well as Phillips’ wife, Lorna, who can assiat with their investigations.

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