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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Couple Sentenced for Faking Death

LONDON -- A judge sentenced both a husband and wife to more than six years in jail Wednesday for faking the man's drowning death in a ?250,000 ($500,000) insurance scam.

Anne Darwin, 56, was jailed for six and a half years after a jury found her guilty Wednesday of six counts of fraud and nine counts of money laundering.

John Darwin, 57, received six years and three months -- a lesser sentence because he had pleaded guilty.

The couple staged John Darwin's death in an apparent canoe accident in 2002 to collect pension and insurance payments.

Prosecutors said the couple kept the fact that he was alive secret from their two adult sons while they planned to start a new life together in Panama.

The plot began to unravel when the missing man walked into a police station claiming to have amnesia. Soon after, a newspaper published a photograph of the couple together in Panama, four years after his alleged death.