Looking for some reading material?
You could do worse than Wired's tale about a Searcy man, Matthew Sheppard, who faked his drowning in early 2008 and then went into hiding, hoping his wife would eventually cash his big life insurance policy.
He went first to Mexico, but eventually moved back to the U.S. where a a tip provided by his daughter's new school did him in.
That photo is courtesy of the Arkansas Correction Department, where Sheppard now resides for the next, oh, decade.
Moral: It is hard to disappear. Be sure to note how his cagey cell phone ploy went awry.