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Man who cuts off own hand for insurance money gets prison term

Man who cuts off own hand for insurance money gets prison term

Taipei, July 21 (CNA) The Taiwan High Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that a Taiwanese businessman spend 10 months behind bars for making an insurance claim after cutting off one of his own hands. Hu Chi-yang (???) had his appeal rejected by the high court and the latest ruling is final in the case. Hu claimed in 2011 after returning from a trip to Fujian, China that his left hand had been severed by a local robber. Taiwanese and Chinese authorities investigating the alleged crime found that Hu purchased NT$30 million (US$960,000) worth of insurance shortly before the incident. He made a claim for an insurance payment of NT$15 million after returning from China. His insurance company suspected foul play and alerted the police. With the help of a Chinese shop owner, police investigators found that it was Hu that bought the knife used to cut off his hand and that a sample of Hu's blood collected at the crime scene showed traces of an anesthetic. Hu was subsequently indicted in Taipei on fraud charges for causing his own injury in order to defraud the insurance company. In October 2014, Hu was sentenced by a district court to 10 months in prison, which may be commuted to a fine of NT$300,000. He claimed innocence and filed an appeal, only to be thrown out by the high court. (By Paige Tsai, Ken Chao and Tung Ning)


Updated : 2021-09-19 01:01 GMT+08:00