Ex-Schalke star Hiannick Kamba jailed for three years and ten months for faking his own DEATH to receive £1m insurance payout

FORMER Schalke player Hiannick Kamba has been jailed for faking his own death in a life insurance scam that netted him and his wife more than £1m.

Kamba, 35, and his wife, identified only as Christina von G., 41 due to strict local privacy laws, were yesterday sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison for a security fraud case. risk is said to have appropriated them £1.01 million.

Kamba was a member of the Schalke youth team with Germany captain Manuel Neuer


Kamba was a member of the Schalke youth team with Germany captain Manuel NeuerCredit: Getty

The elaborate scam began in 2016 when Kamba traveled to his homeland of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is believed to have died in a car crash, according to the German media outlet. Bild.

After Kamba’s presumed death, his wife claimed his life insurance and collected a hefty sum using a death certificate from the DRC as proof of his death.

The couple had previously purchased a policy of £505,000, which would double in the event of accidental death.

The couple also tried to roll out a £3.37 million policy, but the company rejected the application.

Kamba’s wife also received £84.2k in compensation from Evonik, a chemical factory where Kamba worked after ending his professional football career.

One of Kamba’s former clubs, VfB Huls, even wrote an obituary for him, stating: “He represents the ideas and values ​​of our club like a few others. .

“His departure will leave a huge void. Hiannick is certainly a bitter sporting loss for us, but mostly we will miss him as a fellow man.”

An investigation has been launched and the former right-back, who played alongside Manuel Neuer in Schalke’s youth system, told authorities he was innocent and did not fake his own death.

He said that after arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he was kidnapped, dragged to a remote village, and left there with no money.

Therefore, the defendant claimed to be unable to contact the outside world and dispelled rumors that he was dead.

However, in March 2018, Kamba reported to the German embassy in the capital Kinshasa and told officials that his mother and wife had kidnapped him and dumped him in the woods so they could make money from it. insurance program, according to the German newspaper. Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

He claims they took all of his money, papers and cell phone, leaving him without a means of communicating with the outside world and preventing his alleged kidnappers from demanding security. dangerous, still follow Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Kamba returned to Germany, a lot of people still alive and started working as a chemical technician again at Evonik in 2019.

It’s not clear why Evonik decided to bring him back again after he cheated on the company, which resulted in the company having to pay.

Kamba and his wife were both put on trial for fraud, which both denied.

Prosecutor Hauke ​​Schlick said that the kidnapping story had nothing to add, as the accused was a smart person who could certainly find some way to communicate with the outside world, according to Bild.

Michael-Konrad Wolff, Christina von G.’s attorney, said: “She was as surprised by the news of his death as anyone else. Her main concern was initially how to get the hang of it. move the body back to Germany.”

Both defendants remained silent throughout the trial, ending the trial with the same sentence of 3 years and 10 months.

The ruling has not yet entered into force and the defendants can still appeal.

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