A former footballer is facing jail time for allegedly faking his own death as part of a plot he is said to have hatched with his wife.
Ex-Schalke youth defender Hiannick Kamba, who played alongside the likes of Manuel Neuer and Benedikt Howedes at the club, could face up to 10 years in prison as he is accused of faking his own death in 2016.
The former player and his wife will appear in court this week for their alleged scheme, in which they faked his passing in order to receive a £1 million (R20 million) insurance payout, per The Sun.
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It is said that Kamba "died" in a car accident in his home country of Congo in 2016, but the player reappeared four years later, working as a chemical technician for a company that he had previously worked for in 2013.
Following his supposed accident, Kamba's wife Christina reportedly claimed the payout upon producing documented proof of her husband's death.
In a twist to the tale, it was later claimed that the player had been kidnapped.
"The defendant [Kamba] turned up at the German Embassy in Kinshasa two years later, claiming he had been kidnapped," Essen court spokesman Thomas Kliegel said, according to Bild.
However, Christina's lawyer Michael Wolff has insisted that his client had no knowledge of the scam, and that she was, in fact, shocked to find out that her supposedly deceased husband was alive.
"We are convinced that, by the end of the trial, both the prosecutors and the court will be convinced of my client's innocence," Wolff said.
"The money is still available, and it has since been seized. It has been invested in a house and put into accounts."
Christina has also maintained her innocence throughout.
"I have nothing to do with any deception," she told Bild.
"The news of Hiannick's death shocked me as much as anyone else."
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