A Spanish tribunal moved a farmer to prison after he cut off his hand and forged a auto wreck for insurance money, local media reported Wednesday.
Investigators said the farmer had run short on cash in 2007 when he concocted the strategy. He started by hacking off his right hand and rapidly exercising a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, according to The Local.
Then, court reports testify, he deliberately drove his vehicle off the road into an orange grove, convulsed his hand inside, and lighted private vehicles on fire.
He called emergency services, but when officers and firefighters arrived, he was there inhaling a cigar, local media report. He was identified as 42 -year-old Miguel B.P. from Nules , northeast of Valencia.
The farmer eventually tried pocketing more than$ 2 million from a total of eight insurance companies, The Telegraph reports.
Investigators said they knew he’d counterfeited the gate-crash partly because the slash was “too clean, ” not usual of what a vehicle clang victim would experience.
The court ordered him to offer more than $350,000, most of it going back to the insurance providers. He’s also starting behind prohibits for four years.