Woodbridge Man Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulently Accessing Dead Girlfriend’s Super and Life Insurance,

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A Woodbridge man has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for fraudulently attempting to access his girlfriend’s superannuation and life insurance benefits after her unexpected death in 2019. The 32-year-old man was found guilty by a jury in March 2024 and was sentenced in the Perth District Court on June 7, 2024.

According to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the man had logged into his girlfriend’s superannuation account on her mobile phone and changed the beneficiary nomination to his own details. The AFP became involved after receiving reports that the woman’s superannuation account had been accessed shortly after her death.

The investigation revealed that the man had tried to obtain a copy of the woman’s death certificate, raising concerns among her relatives about her financial affairs. The man was charged with using a mobile phone to commit a serious offense (fraud) and was convicted after a jury trial.

The Woodbridge man was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison, with a non-parole period of one year and 11 months. AFP Detective Inspector Andrea Coleman commended the investigative team for their efforts in protecting the woman’s assets and ensuring they go to the intended beneficiary.

Detective Inspector Coleman highlighted the importance of preventing individuals from profiting at the expense of others and expressed gratitude to the dedicated men and women of the AFP who tirelessly work on cases like this.

This case serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts by law enforcement agencies to combat fraud and protect individuals’ financial interests.

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