A Spanish court sent a farmer to prison for four years after he cut off his hand and faked a car wreck for insurance money.
Investigators said the farmer had run short on cash in 2007 when he concocted the plan. He started by hacking off his right hand and quickly applying a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.
Court documents show he drove his car off the road, tossed his hand inside, and set it on fire. He called emergency services, but when cops and firefighters arrived, he was there smoking a cigar.
He was identified as 42-year-old Miguel B.P. from Nules, northeast of Valencia. The farmer tried to pocket more than $2 million from eight insurance companies.
Investigators said they knew he’d faked the crash partly because the cut was “too clean,” not typical of what a car crash victim would experience. Besides the jail term, the court ordered him to pay $350,000.