Player who faked own death sent to jail

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A former Schalke player has been sentenced and sent to jail for fraud after faking his own death in 2016. 

Former footballer Hiannick Kamba and his wife, who acted as a co-conspirator, have now been sentenced to almost four years in prison for falsifying his death five years ago.

Kamba faked his passing in a car accident in Congo, with his wife said to have pocketed about £1 million (R21.1 million) in life insurance after his supposed death. 

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According to German outlet Bild, Kamba was later discovered alive and well in Ruhr, Germany, working as a chemical technician at an energy supplier in 2019.  

Public prosecutor Anette Milk told Bild that, after he was caught: "Kamba claims he was abandoned by friends overnight in Congo in January 2016 and left without documents, money and a cell phone."

It is further claimed that the couple had initially applied for an insurance plan worth £3.36 million (R71.1 million), but this was rejected by the company. 

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With Kamba and his spouse having now been found guilty of fraud, the ex-Schalke youth star and his wife have both been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison.

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