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Woman cuts own hand for insurance

Posted at 9:47 AM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 09:47:56-04

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — You've heard the saying about a person cutting off their nose to spite their face? This is a story about a woman who cut off her hand — and is going to face prison time.

Authorities in Slovenia say a 21-year-old woman used a power saw to cut off her hand — to collect insurance money.

The woman, who wasn't identified, claimed she was cutting tree branches when she severed her left hand just above the wrist. Officials say family members left the hand behind rather than bring it to the hospital — to make sure the disability was permanent. Doctors, however, recovered it — and reattached the hand.

Authorities were tipped off when they realized the family took out insurance contracts with five different companies. Police say they sniffed out the scam before any payments were made.