Georgia Mom Posed as Dead Son to Collect $151K From Insurance Policy

June 7, 2012

Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, say a woman has admitted to collecting more than $151,000 on a fraudulent insurance policy she took out in her dead son’s name.

Donna Ellis Gibbs was sentenced to 20 years’ probation in the case after pleading guilty. She faced five counts of insurance fraud and one count of theft by taking.

Prosecutors say Gibbs pretended to be her deceased son and applied for an accidental death policy two months after his death in a December 2002 car crash. She later submitted a claim and collected the full policy amount.

Gibbs’ ex-husband, the son’s father, uncovered the plot in March 2007.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office says Gibbs’ sentence can be terminated after five years if she successfully completes the terms of her plea agreement.

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  • June 11, 2012 at 9:32 am
    Suze says:
    Wow! She must be trying to compete with Casey Anthony for mother of the year.
  • June 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    Sherri Fleming says:
    What about the signature? Was this accepted online? Did she cross-dress to look like her son? Was identification never requested? Did an agent take the application? There is j... read more
  • June 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    Richard Smoker says:
    She might only end up with just 5 years probabtion. That almost makes it worth the risk!
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