Man who faked his own death for $2M insurance payment pleads guilty

Igor Vorotinov. Photo: KSTP
Igor Vorotinov.

May 03, 2019 07:53 PM

A man has been charged with mail fraud in federal court after authorities say he and his wife faked his death to obtain a $2 million life insurance claim pleaded guilty Friday. 

A release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota said Igor Vorotinov pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. 


Irina Vorotinov, 51 of Plymouth, pleaded guilty in March 2015 to mail fraud and engaging in a monetary transaction in criminally derived property. She was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison. The couple's son, Alkon Vorotinov, 28, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony. He received probation.

The attorney's office said police in Moldova received a phone call in October 2011 reporting a dead body at the entrance to a village in the central portion of the country. Documents recovered from the body, including a passport, hotel cards and phone contacts, identified the man as Igor Vorotinov.

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His wife allegedly traveled to Moldova to identify the body and obtained a death certificate before having the corpse cremated. She reportedly returned to the U.S. with the certificate and the urn she said contained her husband's ashes. The release alleges she then submitted a claim to Mutual of Omaha on the $2 million life insurance policy.

The release said Mutual of Omaha sent a check to Irina, who then allegedly recruited a third party to open a bank account and deposit the check. More than $1.5 million was allegedly transferred into an account in the name of her son, then into accounts located in Switzerland and Moldova. 

But, the release states, when Alkon was stopped by Customs and Border Protection in Detroit upon returning from a trip to Moldova in 2013, pictures contained on a computer seized reportedly showed Igor on both April 19 and May 12 of that year.


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