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Dorothy Johnson & Twila McKee

Dorothy Johnson (left) and daughter Twila McKee of Milwaukee were arrested in August 2003, charged with insurance fraud and attempted theft for claiming Johnson had died in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The mother-daughter duo filed two life insurance claims with benefits totaling $135,000, with McKee named as the beneficiary on both policies.

Two miscues foiled the alleged scheme: Johnson's own thumbprint was on the letter to Conseco Direct Life Insurance Co., and she also filed an insurance claim for a car accident that took place Sept. 23, 2001, 12 days after she supposedly died, according to the complaint.

Courtesy Photos: Wisconsin Department of Corrections