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03-04-2006, 06:47 AM
(03-02) 19:18 PST Des Moines, Iowa (AP) --

Kimberly Du landed in a grave situation after police say she tried to avoid traffic charges by faking her death. Du, 36, of Des Moines, faked her death in December, court records show.

Someone claiming to be Du's mother used a pair of forged documents, including a death notice printed on a newspaper Web site and a letter purported to be signed by Du's mother, to persuade court officials that Du had died, records show.

The day after courthouse clerks received the documents, a judge tossed out an arrest warrant for Du.

Authorities caught on to the plan when Du was stopped on Jan. 4 for speeding and driving with a suspended license.

Police say an investigation showed that Du's supposed obituary never ran in a newspaper, and that a funeral was never held.

Du was arrested last Friday and charged with forging her mother's name on a letter to the court. If convicted, she could face up to two years in prison.

She was being held in the Polk County jail on $50,000 bond.

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