I realize it’s only February, but surely guys who think it’s a good idea to saw off one of their hands to bilk an insurance company should make the list, no?
A South Carolina man may want to think twice next time someone offers him a helping hand.
Gerald B. Hardin, 34, was charged with six crimes, including mail fraud after he, along with another suspect, allegedly cut off a person’s hand with a polesaw in May of 2008 so the three of them could collect an insurance payout.
The State reported that the man was transported to the hospital, where doctors were unsuccessful in re-attaching his hand.
The men received a payout of more than $670,000 from a homeowners policy and three other policies covering accidental death and dismemberment, according to the indictment.
I’m trying to imagine how anyone could think this would be a great idea, and even more how someone could agree to be the “victim.” And I’m failing. I suspect mass quantities of beer were involved.
And, when you think about it, they really blew it; had one of them died, they could have gone for a Darwin Award!