By all accounts, it was a parental nightmare. Anthony Myers Sr. told a New Jersey life insurance agent he’d lost his seven-year-old son to a fatal asthma attack. Are tears pricking in the corners of your eyes yet?
Don’t bother. The boy is now ten and lives in North Carolina with his mother. His dad? Will have to spend five years on probation and likely cough up his own cash.
The elder Myers admitted in court this week to falsifying his son’s death in 2006 to get his hands on a $25,000 life insurance policy. He didn’t get ahold of the money – investigators caught wind of his lie before any checks were cut. Now the state is pursuing civil penalties of $5,000.
A New Jersey insurance fraud prosecutor told the New Jersey Star Ledger this type of fraud is rare – parents don’t usually fake their own kids’ deaths. Uh, maybe because it’s sick? There’s nothing a parent dreads more than the loss of a child; it’s against the natural order for a kid to go first.
Last year a New Jersey woman did fake her own death – later posing as her daughter to try to collect the insurance money, but an actual child wasn’t involved in the case. Not excusing her actions, either, but it’s one thing to pretend YOU are dead. Pretending your kid is dead? That’s just playing with karma.
Looks like Myers found out karma always comes back and bites you in the ass.
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