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Fuel Crunch Leads to Rent-A-Corpse Scam Fuel 
  Crunch Leads to Rent-A-Corpse Scam 
  Mon Jul 21, 7:34 AM ET (Reuters) ! HARARE (Reuters)

     Two Zimbabwean mortuary workers have been arrested on charges they rented 
    out corpses to motorists to enable them to take advantage of special fuel 
    preferences given to hearses. Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper reported 
    on Saturday that a mortician and an assistant at a public hospital were arrested 
    on Thursday and would soon appear in court on charges of violating 
    dead bodies.  
     The two are accused of running a racket under which they sold fake burial 
    orders to motorists who then took the corpses and transported them to service 
    stations. That allowed them to jump long queues to fill their tanks. After 
    buying the fuel they returned the bodies in their coffins to the mortuary, 
    the newspaper said.
     Zimbabwe has suffered a serious fuel shortage since November when a barter 
    deal with Libya for the supply of nearly 70 percent of its needs collapsed. 
  
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