Two men chop off friend’s hand to claim insurance

February 26th, 2012 - 1:09 am ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 25 (IANS) Two men in the US allegedly chopped off a third man’s hand with a pole saw so that the three of them could file for an insurance claim.

The men from South Carolina state received a payout of over $671,000 (426,275 pounds) from a homeowner’s insurance policy and three accidental death and dismemberment policies, the Daily Mail reported.

Gerald Hardin, 34, faces six charges, including mail fraud for the 2008 incident in Florida’s Sumter County, WMBFnews reported.

According to police reports, Hardin and another person used a saw to intentionally cut off the hand of a third person in the insurance fraud scam.

Hardin faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if he is convicted. The other man who helped or the person whose hand was severed could not be identified as yet.

Hardin has been currently remanded in prison on a $100,000 bond.

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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