The 34-year-old man in China, who was identified by the surname He, was presumed dead after his vehicle was discovered in a river on Sept. 19, the BBC reported.
The man’s body was not recovered as he had only faked his demise to get an insurance payout.
But he made a major misstep: He never told his wife about the plot.
So the 31-year-old woman, who believed she was a widow, grabbed her two children, ages 3 and 4, and jumped into a pond after posting a suicide note online.
The message said she was “coming to accompany” her husband in the afterlife, the BBC reported. The three bodies were found in a pond near their residence on Oct. 11.
He had purchased the insurance plan worth $110,000 in September, but his wife was unaware of the purchase, police said.
He allegedly had $14,435 worth of loans at the time of his “death.” In a video posted online, He said he borrowed the money for his daughter’s treatment for epilepsy.
According to the BBC, before turning himself in to the authorities, the man posted a video online in which he was crying and saying he had “borrowed” the money for her ill daughter.