Urn's ashes could point to fake death and $2M insurance fraud scheme

Urn ashes could point to faked death

An urn has been pulled from a Minneapolis cemetery after a Maple Grove woman allegedly defrauded an insurance company of millions of dollars for faking her Moldovan husband's death. It's still unclear if the ashes in the urn are his, and federal investigators don't seem to think so.

The urn from Lakewood Memorial Mausoleum was pulled by law enforcement last month, and supposedly belongs to Igor Vorotinov, at least according to his wife, Irina Vorotinov, who put them there in late 2011. A federal indictment includes a dead body in Eastern Europe, a life insurance policy and a Swiss bank account.

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The Vorotinov family lived in a home in a Maple Grove cul-de-sac for 21 years. Neighbors said the family once ran a car dealership. In February, Irina and her 25-year-old son, Alkon, were charged for scamming $2 million dollars out of Mutual of Omaha insurance by faking Igor's death. Prosecutors allege Irina and Igor set the plot up 4 years ago when her husband took out the policy.

A year later, he left for his home village in Moldova, where at only 42 years old, he mysteriously had a heart attack. Irina flew there to identify the body and without snapping photos, the body was allegedly cremated.

In November 2013, Alkon and his then-fiancee were stopped by customs in Detroit on their way back from Moldova. Acting on a tip, agents searched their computers and found two photos of Alkon's father alive and well.

There's still no word on Igor's whereabouts, if those ashes are is, and if they're not, whose ashes they are. Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger's office said no fresh charges have been filed in the case.

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