Kent

Canterbury man accused of fake death fraud remanded

A Kent man accused of faking his own death in an insurance fraud has been remanded in custody.

Anthony McErlean, 66, of Swarling Hill Road, Petham, appeared at Canterbury Magistrates Court for a brief hearing.

He is accused of making a false claim to an insurance company to claim death benefit of £520,000 by faking his own death in Honduras.

He is also accused of two counts of theft and false representation by claiming he had lost his passport.

Mr McErlean is accused of stealing £40,600 from the Department for Work and Pensions and £27,600 from the Port of London Authority Pension Fund.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the same court on 5 May.

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