Sports

Former Schalke player Hiannick Kamba jailed for faking his death in Congo car crash


Hiannick Kamba was found alive in Germany last year (Picture: Getty)

Hiannick Kamba, a former Schalke defender, has been jailed for nearly four years after faking his own death.

The 35-year-old was reportedly killed in a car crash in his native Congo in January 2016, a ‘tragedy’ which led to his wife claiming a life insurance pay out of £1m.

However, the former right-back was found to be alive and well in Ruhr, Germany three years after his supposed demise.

German publication Bild report that Kamba was working as a chemical technician with an energy supplier in 2019 when he was discovered.

Both Kamba and his wife, being reported as ‘Christina von G’ due to privacy laws, have been handed sentences of three years and 10 months in prison for fraud.

Kamba (back row, second left) in the same Schalke youth team with Manuel Neuer (front row, fourth right) (Picture: Getty Images)

Another of Kamba’s former clubs, VfB Huls, issued an obituary for him in 2016, saying: ‘He represented the ideas and values ​​of our club like few others. His demise will leave a big gap. Hiannick is undoubtedly a bitter sporting loss for us, but primarily we will miss it as a fellow human being.’

Kamba claimed denied that he faked his own death, instead claiming that he was kidnapped and left in a remote village with no papers, money or means of contacting anyone.

He went to the German embassy in Kinshasa in March 2018 to tell that story, blaming his wife and mother for being behind the plot so they could cash in on the insurance, according to German publication Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

He then returned to Germany to work with the energy supplier in 2019.

Before taking out the insurace policy which paid out just over £1m on Kamba’s ‘death’ the couple had tried to take out a policy worth over £3.3m, but were denied.

Both Kamba and Von G now have the right to appeal.


MORE : Manchester United reveal eye-watering increase in wage bill since summer spending spree


MORE : Frenkie de Jong desperate to stay at Barcelona despite Manchester City interest

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on
FacebookTwitter and Instagram
.





READ SOURCE

Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.