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Pair arrested in fraud incident

September 03, 2008|Eric Bailey

The FBI arrested two people for defrauding a grieving mother of $200,000 in life insurance money she was awarded after her son died in a Marine Corps training accident, agents announced Tuesday.

Raymond Brogan, 41, and Carol Damico, 33, were apprehended without incident for pilfering the insurance money and using it to purchase furniture and flat-screen TVs and to bolster their bank account.

Their scheme unfolded in November when they were at the home of the unidentified mother as she learned that her son had been killed during a training accident in San Diego and had left her with a large life insurance payoff.

Investigators say Brogan told the woman he would assist her in the paperwork so she could continue grieving for her son.

Over the course of the next month, agents allege, he had the mother sign a number of documents, including one giving him access to the life insurance proceeds. He also convinced the mother to sign checks that the pair is accused of using to purchase luxury items.

-- Eric Bailey

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