Wife of ‘back-from-dead’ Briton charged with deception

LONDON, Dec 11, 2007 (AFP) – The wife of a man who resurfaced after being presumed dead for more than five years was set to appear in court on Tuesday charged with two counts of deception.

Anne Darwin, a 55-year-old former doctor’s surgery receptionist, will appear in Hartlepool Magistrates Court, where her husband John, 57, attended a brief hearing on Monday.

She was accused of “dishonestly obtaining 25,000 pounds (35,000 euros, 51,000 dollars) … (and) 137,000 pounds by money transfer,” a police spokeswoman said on Monday, adding that both offences were committed in 2003.

John, a former teacher and prison officer, has been charged with lying to obtain a passport, and obtaining a 25,000-pound life insurance payout by deception.

The 137,000-pound payment Anne Darwin has been accused of dishonestly obtaining reportedly relates to a policy to settle her mortgage in the event of her husband’s death.

He was arrested last Tuesday, three days after walking into a central London police station and telling officers he thought he was a missing person but had amnesia.

Anne Darwin, meanwhile, was arrested on Sunday in Manchester, northern England, on her return from Pan

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