Woman Faked Death to Avoid Traffic Fines.

Police caught a Des Moines, Iowa woman who faked her own death to avoid paying her traffic tickets.

Court documents show that Du tried to avoid paying several tickets by sending a letter to the courthouse. The letter is allegedly signed by Du's mother and said Du died on Dec. 5, according to court documents.

Investigators said the information submitted include a phony obituary made to look like a page from The Des Moines Register's Web site that said Du died in car accident, and her mother's signature was forged.

The case began to unravel when investigators said Du was stopped for another traffic ticket in January, which was a month after the obituary was dated.

Now, she goes from just having to pay $500 in fine to facing a 5-year prison term for committing a felony.

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