Onetime Twin Cities man pleads guilty to faking his death for life insurance payout

Star Tribune | 5/6/2019 | Paul Walsh Star Tribune
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A onetime Twin Cities man who faked his own death in Eastern Europe for a $2 million life insurance payout has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Igor Vorotinov, 54, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to mail fraud in connection to the scheme that prompted the payout seven years ago to his former wife.

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In exchange for Vorotinov admitting guilt, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has agreed to seek prison time of no more than roughly 3½ years, and the defense remains free to argue for a shorter term during sentencing. The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison. He remains jailed ahead of the July 29 hearing.

Vorotinov, formerly of Plymouth, was indicted in February 2015. Authorities arrested him on Nov. 14, 2018, in Moldova, where he was turned over to FBI agents from Minneapolis.

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Nearly six months later, federal officials have yet to reveal the circumstances leading to his capture.

His ex-wife, Irina, and their adult son, Alkon, have both been convicted of their roles in the plot, and they are under court order to repay the money.

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According to court records in Igor Vorotinov’s case:

In October 2011, Igor Vorotinov arranged for the stand-in corpse to be dressed in his clothes and planted his identification documents on the unwitting cohort before placing the body along a roadside in the Moldovan village of Cojusna.

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Irina Vorotinov immediately went to Moldova, identified the body as her ex-husband’s and had the corpse cremated. She returned to the United States with the ashes in an urn and death certificate in hand. The...
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