Jose Lantigua’s business was millions of dollars in debt when he faked his death in Venezuela in April 2013. His family claimed that he died following a heart attack and had been cremated in Venezuela before claiming almost $8m in life insurance. His life insurance companies’ suspicions were raised immediately as there was no autopsy, the death certificate signatory had not seen the body and the alleged cremation happened 250 miles from the place of death. It is alleged that the crematorium staff were paid to falsify the documents. The police closed in on Jose Lantigua when he attempted to use a passport in the name of a black man to re-enter the U.S. The social security number he was using belonged to a woman born in 1917. With their suspicions aroused the state department used facial recognition to identify him. It was easy to find him after that as he had used his wives real name and his North Carolina address as emergency contact details.