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Published August 21 2010

Man accused of faking son’s death for payout

A Fargo man allegedly tried to collect on a $50,000 life insurance policy by faking the death of his 8-year-old son, authorities said Friday.

Farah Mohamed Ibrahim took out the policy on his son in January 2009, before reporting to the insurer on June 1 that the boy died of malaria, Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm stated in a news release.

Investigators in the state Insurance Department say handwritten medical records and a Kenyan death certificate produced by the father are bogus, Hamm said in the release.

The 36-year-old father is alleged to have told investigators his brother bribed officials to obtain the fake Kenyan records, according to Hamm. Ibrahim initially claimed his son had died May 10 while visiting family in Kenya, Hamm said.

Ibrahim was arraigned in Cass County District Court on Friday on a charge of attempted theft, a Class B felony. His bail was set at $5,000 bond or $500 cash.