Man sentenced for faking death
A Prince George’s County man was sentenced to 27 months in prison Friday for faking his own death to avoid appearing in federal court on a gun charge while on probation for an earlier drug conviction.
Benjamin E. Brown Jr., 36, of Forestville was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. of the District after pleading guilty April 27.
Brown was required to appear before a judge in November 2007 but the day before his hearing, his brother gave a falsified death certificate to a probation officer stating that Brown had been fatally shot in the District earlier that month. The scheme unraveled after a probation officer verified with the D.C. Health Department that there was no original death certificate for Brown, the file number turned in by his brother belonged to another individual, and that there was no police or funeral home record.
— Spencer S. Hsu