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O.C. couple plead guilty to faking death to get benefits

May 15, 2012 |  7:07 pm

Santiago Carrasco, left, and Rosa Carrasco were sentenced in fake death benefits case.
A Santa Ana husband and wife pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of faking the man's death to steal more than $400,000 in death benefits, authorities said.

Santiago Carrasco, 52, and Rosa Carrasco, 54, were accused of traveling to Mexico in the summer of 2004 to obtain a phony death certificate stating that he died of a heart attack there, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

In September 2004, Rosa Carrasco began collecting death benefits on behalf of her husband, according to prosecutors. She was charged with receiving the money while the couple were living together in Santa Ana.

Prosecutors said the Carrascos were collecting the benefits up until their arrest Aug. 1, 2011.

Each was sentenced to two years in custody and two years of mandatory supervision after they are released, the district attorney's office said. The couple was also ordered to pay more than $413,000 in restitution.

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Photo: Santiago and Rosa Carrasco. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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