A woman in Rio de Janeiro was arrested after using a corpse in a wheelchair to try and get a loan from the bank.

Woman 'took corpse to bank in wheelchair'

Woman 'took corpse to bank in wheelchair'

Going far beyond using the name of a dead person to orchestrate a scam, Erika de Souza Vieira Nunes has been accused of taking a body to the bank while pretending to be his niece.

According to local reports, she lifted the head of the lifeless body and talked to it.

In a video taken by bank branch staff, she said: "Uncle Paulo, are you listening? You need to sign.

"If you don't sign, there's no way. I can't sign for you, it has to be you. What I can do, I'll do."

Bank employees were concerned and called SAMU - an emergency health care service in Brazil - and it was confirmed the man was already fead "for a few hours" at that point.

Police said: "He had already entered the bank dead.

"The main thing is: we continue the investigation, so that we can identify other family members and know if, when this loan was made, if he was alive, what is the date of this loan."