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Prosecutors: Man Took Out $1M Insurance Policy Weeks Before Mom's Death


MERRILL, Wis. (WTAQ) - Prosecutors said an Iraq war veteran from Wausau took out a million-dollars in life insurance policies on her mother, just weeks before she died in a submerged car.

24-year-old Chase Boruch, a former UW student leader, is charged in Lincoln County with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 63-year-old Sally Pergolski on June 6th.

He was arrested Monday night in Madison, and he’s due in court Wednesday in Merrill.

Boruch told authorities his car accidentally drove into Moraine Lake, and he tried to save his mother but couldn’t. But officers said they knew something was fishy when his tire tracks showed a controlled descent to the water.

Investigators said they later found printouts of his mother’s insurance policies, along with ways authorities detect fraud. They also found that Boruch was the only beneficiary in his mother’s will. And they found a map of Moraine Lake that highlighted the deepest areas of the water.

Boruch transferred this fall to UW-Madison, after attending North Central Technical College and the two-year UW college in Wausau. He had been the president of the Student Governance Council for the 13 two-year colleges.

A police SWAT team was ready to break into his Madison apartment on Monday night. But that wasn’t necessary, as he surrendered without incident.