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Minnesota man who 'died' in 2011 is arrested – alive – in Europe

He is accused of faking his death in order to get a $2 million life insurance payout.

A former Maple Grove man has been arrested in Europe, seven years after his death.

The U.S. Attorney's Office of Minnesota says that Igor Vorotinov, 54, made his first appearance in an American court earlier this week after being arrested in Moldova last Wednesday and extradited to the U.S.

He's accused of faking his death in 2011, using his alleged demise to allow his wife to collect a $2 million life insurance policy he'd taken out a year earlier from the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company.

His death was initially reported Oct. 1, 2011, when police in Moldova received a call reporting a dead body in the village of Cojusna.

Documents recovered from the body, including a passport, hotel cards and contact phone numbers, identified the deceased as Vorotinov.

His wife, Irina, then traveled to Moldova, and positively identified the corpse as her husband, and took a death certificate back to Minnesota, where she had the body cremated and the urn kept at the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

In March 2012, Mutual of Omaha approved a check of just over $2 million that was sent to Irina Vorotinov in Maple Grove.

After depositing the check, she found a third party to transfer $1.5 million to an account in the name of her son Alkon, and between 2012 and 2015, more than $1.5 million was transferred to accounts in Switzerland and Moldova.

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In November 2013, Alkon Vorotinov was stopped by Customs and Border Patrol in Detroit after returning from Moldova.

A computer seized by agents contained photographs of his father taken several months earlier, which showed him to be alive.

Irina Vorotinov was sentenced to 37 months in prison in November 2016, with Alkon sentenced to three years of probation two months earlier. They were also ordered to pay more than $2 million in restitution.

Igor Vorotinov has been charged with one count of mail fraud.

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