Fugitive Zimbabwean Tube Driver Arrested For Faking Own Death
29 July 2018
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A tube driver who faked his own death to claim £150,000 has been jailed alongside his accomplice wife.

Clever Busumani, 53, had been working for Transport For London but returned to his native Zimbabwe in June 2011.

While he was there, his wife, Cynthia Chirairo, called up his employers to tell them that he was unwell.

She then called again to say that he was dead.

Chirairo presented TfL with a fake death certificate in order to claim a death in service payment of around £150,000, however the claim was unsuccessful.

Police received a tip-off from insurance investigators that Busumani was still alive, a warrant was issued and he was arrested at Heathrow Airport in 2015.

Both pleaded guilty to fraud offences on 27 May 2015, however Busumani fled the country before the conclusion of the sentencing hearings in July.

Busumani flew back to the UK earlier this month and was arrested on Thursday in Slough.

Defence counsel Michael Conning said: ‘He was suffering ill health and went to his home country of Zimbabwe and it looks like his wife entered a claim for his death.

‘He says that as a consequence of his arrest and plea of guilty his wife kicked him out of the house – he was homeless and she got a new partner.

Despite fleeing the country in 2015, Judge Peter Clarke QC only gave Busumani an extra two months for skipping bail.

He told Busumani: ‘You are now serving a 16 month sentence that I passed three years ago. Your total sentence is now one of 18 months.’