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The Life Insurance Fraud.

The charges against Charles Calderwood and his wife (formerly of New Zealand), and David Coghlan of conspiring to defraud an insurance company have been concluded at the Supreme Court, Melbuurne. Galderwood had two insurances on his life:—one with the Colonial Mutual for £250 and one with the, Australian Widows' Fund Society ' for ' £1000. ' He and Cogblan went to bathe at Coogee in S*ydnoy, whore there is a swimming pond in the rock's' on the pattern of that at St. C'lair. Coghlan gave an alarm that Calderwood had been drowned by getting out into the breakers, and pointed to his friend's clothes in proof of the fact ; but the truth was that they had taken a spare suit with them, and Calderwood having donned it,had walked off. The insurance companies, however, refused to pay without further proof of death, so Calderwood gave himself up. At the trial he tried to screen his friend Coghlan, declaring that being an expert diver and able to stop a long timo under water, lie disappcard under it until Coghlan thought he was drowned. jWhen Coghlan wont away to obtain assistance he got out of the water, put on tho suit of clothes lie had hidden, and went away, leaving tho other suit -.of clothes on the rocks. The jury, however, could not believe in the expert diving story, so they found tho two men guilty, but acquitto'd Mrs Calderwood of complicity. Coghlan got off with six months, and the judge in passing a sentence on Calderwood of two years hoped when he came out he would try to keep his wifo and children in an honest manner.

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The Life Insurance Fraud., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890

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The Life Insurance Fraud. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890