Article by Simon Christopher Posted: 8/10/2012 - Last updated: -
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Texas resident Andy House owned several vehicles including a Bugatti Veyron, one of just 300 ever made. He took out an insurance policy worth $2.2 million with the Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company.
Three weeks later he claimed for the full value of the car after it wound up in a salt water swamp. He told police that he had dropped his mobile phone and, when he looked up from picking it up, was distracted by a low-flying pelican and swerved off the road.
Investigators became suspicious at House's calm demeanor the lack of skid marks on the road. The insurance company says it discovered House had left the engine running for at least 15 minutes while the car was in the three-feet deep water and this had caused the damage.
They then came across a video uploaded to YouTube by a passenger in another car who had been filming the Bugatti and making admiring comments. Unfortunately for house the video appears to show him deliberately turning off the road -- and no sign of a pelican.
The insurance company has brought a fraud case against House which is ongoing at the time of writing.
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