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Woman Charged With Forging Insurance Applications

April 4, 1985

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A woman whose husband was found stabbed to death in their home has been charged with forging applications for $400,000 in life insurance for him less than three weeks before his murder.

Lily Navarro, 61, a veteran investigator for the city tax collector’s office, was arrested Wednesday along with Lita Bato, 43, a Daly City insurance agent. The two women each were charged with two counts of forgery and were freed on $10,000 bail.

Mrs. Navarro’s husband, Jasper Navarro, 39, was found dead of stab wounds in the couple’s home on Feb. 12.

Court records show that at the time, Mrs. Navarro denied being the beneficiary of any insurance policies on her husband’s life.

However, investigators found two $100,000 policies dated Jan. 24 and Feb. 4 that named the widow as beneficiary. The policies also carried a double indemnity clause that doubled their value in the case of death by other than natural causes.

The documents appeared to have been signed by Mrs. Navarro, her husband and Ms. Bato, who told police she saw Navarro sign them. However, a police hand- writing expert concluded that the dead man’s signature had been forged.

Homicide officials refused Thursday to discuss the case and no one has been arrested.

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