Desperation and Insurance Fraud

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28 Apr 2013 23:14 by mac75 Star rating in Valencia. 407 posts Send private message

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DESPERATE Spaniards suffering during the country’s recession have been caught hacking off part of their own bodies to claim insurance payouts.


One man cut off his hand with a saw but told insurers he’d been in a car crash to claim €2.4 million in compensation.

Investigators discovered the 35-year-old’s fraud when they realised his ‘clean’ injuries did not tally with those expected from a road accident and they could not find his supposedly mangled vehicle.

Another desperate man, from Valencia, used a chainsaw to chop off his arm above the elbow before putting in a claim for €655,000.

Spain has been battered by a crippling recession , with the jobless total in March soaring to 6.2 million.

It means a staggering 27.2 per cent of adults, and 57 per cent of 18 to 25-year-olds , are now out of work.

A report by the Investigation Co-operative of Insurance Companies revealed false claims have rocketed by 50 per cent in the past five years, reaching 146,792 in 2012.

Its chairman, José Antonio Sánchez , said: ‘This rise matches the economic crisis situation which we are in.’

The report said the Spanish insurance industry spent €10 million each year investigating possible fraud.

 



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