Portsmouth woman fakes death to commit fraud, prosecutors say

The cross-country fraud scheme started in 2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Portsmouth prosecutors say Alexandra Hatcher, 49, and husband, Albert Hatcher Jr. committed a cross-country fraud scheme beginning in 2015.

Court documents reveal the two submitted false death claims on life insurance policies taken out on Alexandra. 

The claims were denied despite the couple creating fake death certificates and publishing a death notice in the Daily Press. 

The two then went on to buy at least 20 luxury vehicles by using counterfeit checks and forged documents. They also retitled the cars and used them as collateral for loans and other vehicles. 

The scheme continued by Alexandra using the fake name she adopted before faking her death. 

Both suspects pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, possessing and uttering a counterfeit security of an organization and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. 

They both face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. 

Albert will receive sentencing on Jan. 22, 2018. Alexandra's sentencing is set for Feb. 12, 2018.

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