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Woman cuts off own hand for insurance payout

Posted on Friday, 11 September, 2020 | Comment icon 18 comments

Some people will go to extreme lengths to make money. Image Credit: PD - Min An
A woman has been charged with attempted fraud after severing her own hand solely to claim on her insurance.
The 22-year-old, who hails from Slovenia, appeared in the district court in Ljubljana on Friday after conspiring with her boyfriend to cut off her hand just above the wrist using a circular saw.

According to reports, she had taken out multiple insurance policies the year before and would have been in line for a combined payout exceeding 1 million euros following the "accident".

After her hand was severed, she was taken to a local hospital where she claimed she had injured herself while sawing branches.
The limb was deliberately left at the scene in an attempt to ensure that surgeons would be unable to save it, however police officers who had arrived there to investigate what had happened managed to successfully recover it and it was ultimately reattached, thus scuppering the entire exercise.

An investigation also revealed that her boyfriend had looked up prosthetic hands on the Internet just prior to the "accident" occurring - further evidence that it had all been planned.

"No one wants to be crippled," the woman told the court. "My youth has been destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20. Only I know how it happened."

In the end, she was sentenced to two years in prison for attempted insurance fraud while her boyfriend was jailed for three years and his father received a one-year suspended sentence.

Source: ABC News | Comments (18)

Tags: Insurance, Fraud

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by joc on 11 September, 2020, 22:30
Personally, I had rather be destitute and homeless...with both hands.
Comment icon #10 Posted by HandsomeGorilla on 11 September, 2020, 23:03
She got two years, her boyfriend got three? Lol
Comment icon #11 Posted by quiXilver on 12 September, 2020, 3:15
Yea... guess she got a hand up on him.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Peter B on 12 September, 2020, 3:54
Many years ago I went on a training course to learn about the government workers' compensation scheme. The guy running the course briefly covered the issue of people attempting to defraud the scheme with bogus claims. One particular example involved a mechanical workshop where a remarkably large number of the staff had lost the little finger on their non-preferred hand. Naturally, to try to manage costs, the compo people were keen to investigate the matter to see whether it was bad equipment, poor management of the workshop, or fraud. It turned out the staff had learned about how much compensa... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Matt221 on 12 September, 2020, 13:07
After the court hearing the hand refused to comment on the matter
Comment icon #14 Posted by Peter B on 13 September, 2020, 1:57
But it flipped the bird?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Torviking on 14 September, 2020, 22:21
Thankyou Thing.
Comment icon #16 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic on 16 September, 2020, 4:36
Handy to know.
Comment icon #17 Posted by look behind you on 20 September, 2020, 15:47
The moron boyfriend looked up hands on net beforehand lol
Comment icon #18 Posted by WolfHawk on 20 September, 2020, 16:54
Um, why was the boyfriend's father arrested?

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