Mr. Simpson

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Investigator Brian Williams a possible insurance fraud case.

Submitted: March 10, 2017

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Brian headed out for his next stop, the rest home where the elderly Mr. Simpson lived. Brian wanted to check on his condition.

At the front desk Brian inquired. “Could I see Mr. Simpson?”

"I'm sorry Mr. Simpson passed away this morning in his sleep." The receptionist said.

"Could I have the number of the next of kin?"

"He did not have any relatives, no one ever visited him, and you are the first I know of to ask."

Brian immediately drove to the county coroner’s office. "Evening, my name is Brian Williams, with Metro Life, I would like to report a possible Insurance fraud in the death of Mr. Simpson at the Pleasant Valley Rest Home. Could I speak with the medical examiner?"

"One moment, sir. Bob, there is a Brian Williams here to see you."

"Hello, I'm Bob the medical examiner, how can I help you?"

"Have you determined the time and cause of death of Mr. Simpson who died at the Pleasant Valley Rest Home this morning?"

"No, I’ve not had a chance to examine him yet, is there something wrong?"

"Yes, a large life insurance policy just went into effect and I need to know if he died prior to the policy being taken out."

"Let’s go see, come with me. Could I have your name again?"

"Brian Williams, with Metro Life."

"I just placed his body in the cooler, let's check his internal body temperature, which will give us a clue. Wow, his internal body temperature is colder than our cooler. That’s bizarre."

"Why is that?"

"He must have been in a very cold place, or on ice for a long time, no way to tell how long he’s been dead."

"Could you contact the Sheriff's office for me, I can give you the name of the beneficiary on the insurance policy, and looks like someone may have insured a dead man!"

"Yep, we will be investigating this one, thanks, what brought you down to check on this so fast?"

"Someone took out an insurance policy on Mr. Simpson only last week, and I did not feel good about it. I happen to be in town and thought I would talk to Mr. Simpson when I found out about his death. They claimed he died this morning."

"No way, he would have still been warm, a lot warmer. I will start on him right away."

"Here is my cell phone number, call me when you know more, thanks."

Brian, waiting at the airport for his flight home, when his cell phone rings… “Mr. Williams, this Bob at the coroner’s office.”

“What did you find out?”

“Simpson died of natural causes, cancer of the liver. I can only be certain that he’s been dead at least two days or longer. I would guess much longer and that someone put him in a freezer. I’ve already contacted the police and they are going to investigate the Pleasant Valley Rest Home.”

“Thank you.”


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