Woman saws off her hand with the help of her family to claim $430,000 in insurance scam
After the young woman's hand had been cut off above the wrist, her family rushed her to the hospital and left the severed hand at home so that the disability would be permanent
A 21-year-old woman in Slovenia has now been accused of insurance fraud after she used a circular saw to cut off her hand so that she could get hundreds of thousands of Euros in insurance payouts. The authorities in the capital city of Ljubljana said that her family was also present and helped her carry out the gruesome act in their home. After the young woman's hand had been cut off above the wrist, her family rushed her to the hospital and said that she injured herself when she was sawing branches.
The BBC reported that the woman's severed hand was left behind in the home to make sure that her newfound disability was permanent.
The police, however, were able to pick up the severed limb in time for the doctors to sew it back on. According to AFP, the incident took place just before the family took out life and injury insurance contracts with five different companies.
Slovenia is a country where the average salary for a person is reportedly around €1,000 ($1,127). The young woman was hoping that she would be able to get around €380,000 ($428,285) in compensation and an additional payout of around €3,000 ($3,381) per month for the rest of her life, Newsweek reported.
Four people had initially been arrested but two of them were released soon after. The unnamed woman and her 29-year-old relative now face up to eight years behind bars if convicted on the charges of attempted fraud. The spokesperson for the police, Valter Zrinski, said in a press conference: "With one of her accomplices, she intentionally amputated her hand at the wrist with a circular saw, hoping to stage it as an accident."
In another instance of scamming insurance companies, a man from New Jersey was charged with insurance fraud after a surveillance video of his faking a fall at his workplace went viral. The security footage showed 57-year-old Alexander Goldinsky taking some ice from the ice machine, throwing it on the floor in the workplace cafeteria, and then walking towards it before dramatically falling to the ground.
WABC reported that he has since pleaded not guilty to the charges. In yet another incident, a Chinese woman in October last year killed herself and her two children after her husband faked his own death in order to pay off loans with the money from his life insurance policy.
The South China Morning Post reported that the authorities found the bodies of the woman, Dai Guihua, and the children, 4 and 3 respectively, in a pond close to the family home in the southeastern town of Langtang.