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By now you’re probably quite familiar with this short clip from 2009 showing a Bugatti Veyron being driven into a Texas lake (salt marsh, actually). What you may not be aware of is that it was intentionally driven into the lake as part of a planned false insurance claim.
Behind the wheel was Andy Lee House who last year pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in relation to the stunt. According to information presented in court, House told first responders that his mishap happened because he swerved while reaching for his cell phone. There were also claims he blamed a low-flying pelican for distracting him.
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Unfortunately for House, the video clip from YouTube user Jomgarza led investigators to refute his claims. Now, news outlet KTRE is reporting that he was sentenced this week in a Lufkin Federal Courthouse to 12 months and one day in federal prison. He will also have to serve three years of supervised release once out.
But the story doesn’t end there. The court documents show that House had settled with his insurer Philadelphia Indemnity in 2012 for $600,000. He now has to pay back that sum as well.