List of cooling centers in St. Louis area

Iowa man sentenced for role in faking deaths for insurance

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ An Ottumwa man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in helping a woman fakes the deaths of three of her family members to collect insurance payments.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Iowa’s southern district says 34-year-old Cletus Abongwa Ngwa was sentenced in September and ordered to pay joint restitution of more than $260,000 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

His co-defendant, 47-year-old Venancia Amora Rodriguez, was sentenced last year to two years in prison for her role.

Prosecutors say she claimed her 17-year-old son had died of dengue fever in the Philippines in 2014. Months later, she claimed her husband had died of a heart ailment in that country, and the next year claimed her 15-year-old son drowned there.

Officials say all three are still alive and that Rodriguez paid people in the Philippines to fake the death documents.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.