Couple arrested 23 years after faking death

A couple,Robbie Smith (67), also known as Chris Boshoff, and his wife Alice Abigail Boschoff (59), were scheduled to appear in court today for fabricating the husband’s death in 1999 in Knysna, South Africa.

At the time, the couple who lived in the Benoni area conspired to fabricate Robbie Smith’s death.

According to reports, he “died” in a car accident in Vosloorus. As a result, Old Mutual insurance received a claim, which resulted in a payout of just over R1.7 million.

After collecting the money, the couple quietly relocated to KwaZulu-Natal from Gauteng. They ultimately made their home in the touristy Knysna region of the Western Cape, often known as the Garden Route.

Old Mutual received a in 2020 report that they might have been defrauded because Smith appeared to still be alive.

A fraud docket was registered in October 2020 as a result of an internal inquiry, and the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime unit was given the case to look into.

The couple was arrested on Tuesday, 8 November 2022, in accordance with a court order after the squad laboriously tracked them to a hiding place in Knysna.

Upon searching their place, two unlicensed firearms were recovered. A case of unlawful possession of firearms has now been included

In the next week, the couple will be moved to a Gauteng court to answer the initial fraud charge.


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