Former Schalke defender Hiannick Kamba has been jailed for three years and 10 months after faking his own death to land him and his wife an insurance payout of £1million.
The 35-year-old is said to have traveled to DR Congo back in 2016, having played for several lower league German clubs after leaving Schalke back in 2007.
Having retired following a spell with YfB Huls, Kamba's death was reported, leading to his 41-year-old wife Christina von receiving the huge insurance payout.
The insurance policy of £505,000 had to be doubled in the event of accidental death, with Kamba's wife also receiving over £80,000 from his former employer Evonik.
After his faked death in a car crash, VfB Huls even wrote an obituary for their former player, stating: "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 him as a fellow human being."
An investigation was then launched after Kamba reported alive and well to the German embassy in the capital Kinshasa back in 2018, accusing his wife and mother of masterminding the plot.
Surprisingly, Evonik are said to have rehired Kamba following his return to Germany in 2019, where he worked as a chemical technician.
According to Bild, prosecutor Hauke Schlick detailed how the couple originally tired to take out an insurance policy worth almost £4million, but added that the "widow" and "victim" then had a falling out.
Schlick called for a four and a half year prison sentence for both, after dismissing Kamba's claim that he had been double crossed and kidnapped.
He said: "The defendant is an intelligent person who wanted to make his master. He would have found other courses of action to get in touch earlier."
Lars Dippel of the defence said in response: "The charge is based on presumptions. My client has never seen money, it has nothing to do with it."
Both defendants remained silent during the trial, and can still appeal the ruling which is not yet binding according to German law.
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