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Santa Ana fake death scam: couple sentenced

Santiago Carrasco, seen in this undated photo, pleaded guilty to faking his own death for financial gain.

May 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Santa Ana husband and wife have pleaded guilty to charges of faking the man's death to steal more than $400,000 in death benefits.

Orange County prosecutors say Santiago Carrasco spent two decades living in the U.S. under the assumed name of Lucio Rodriguez.

He went to Mexico in 2004 and bribed authorities there to obtain a fake death certificate for the alias. He then returned to the U.S. and lived under his real name.

Carrasco, and his wife, Rosa, were each sentenced to two years in custody, two years of mandatory supervision upon release, and ordered to pay more than $413,000 in restitution.