Insurance fraudster who faked his own death gets 12 years in prison

 Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Hoping to avoid a prison sentence for $11.5 million in insurance fraud, Travis Scott hatched a macabre plot. He would fake his own death. Scott ground up some of his own wisdom teeth, drew several pints of his own blood and pulled strands of hair from his head. He mixed it all together in a plastic bag and put the bag into a stocking cap. The bloody cap would be found in a canoe on Lake Mille Lacs in September 2011, with a shotgun blast through it and a suicide note nearby. In the note, Scott wrote that he had weighed himself down so that drowning would end his life if the shotgun did not. Convincing as that might seem, it didn’t work.On Monday, the 36-year-old Eden Prairie man was sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank in St. Paul.
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