BISMARCK, N.D.-North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm announced today that a Fargo man has been charged with attempt to commit theft of property.
In January 2009, Farah Mohamed Ibrahim, 36, allegedly purchased a $50,000 term life insurance policy on his eight-year-old son. On June 1, 2010, Ibrahim allegedly reported to the insurer that the boy had died of malaria on May 10, 2010 while visiting family in Kenya. He allegedly produced a Kenyan death certificate and handwritten medical records documenting the death.
During an investigation by the North Dakota Insurance Department, Ibrahim stated that he got his brother to obtain a death certificate for the child by bribing an official and that he had full knowledge the boy was alive when he filed the $50,000 life insurance claim.
"Thanks to a thorough investigation, Mr. Ibrahim did not receive payment for this bogus insurance claim," Hamm said. "The Insurance Department is dedicated to working with local law enforcement to fight insurance fraud."
If you suspect insurance fraud or want more information about this case, please contact the Insurance Department at 1-800-247-0560.