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A former Schalke player has been sent to prison for just under four years after faking his own death.
Hiannick Kamba played as a defender alongside Manuel Neuer in the youth set up at Schalke having come through the ranks at the Gelsenkirchen outfit.
He also played for a slew of lower-league clubs in Germany. In January 2016, it was believed that Kamba was killed in a car crash in his native Congo, with his club VfB Huls even confirming his passing in a statement.
"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 it as a fellow human being."
However, according to BILD, the whole thing was one big scam so that Kamba's ex-wife - known as Christina Von G - could get a six-figure life insurance payout.
She produced documents and received a £1 million settlement sum.
Former Schalke player Hiannick Kamba who was reported dead in a car crash back in 2016 has been found alive and well in Germany.— 360Sources (@360Sources) May 5, 2020
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But then the story got even more bizarre as three years later, Kamba was discovered alive after submitting an application to return to Germany.
He was back in the Ruhr area, working as chemical technician for an energy supply company.
A year earlier, he had reportedly headed to the German embassy in Kinshasa to come clean about the "fake news".
The 35-year-old version of events is that while in Congo, he was abandoned by friends, who took his phone, documents and money.
Kamba had claimed that he was not part of the plot and it was the doing of his former partner. - his legal representative stating he did not receive any funds.
Yet, prosecutor Anette Milk is of the opinion that the two worked together on the scheme and the two have been sentenced to three years and 10 months behind bars after being convicted of fraud.