- This Vietnamese woman was struggling with her bills and business
- To get insurance money, she paid a friend to cut off her arm and foot
- Authorities smelled fraud and confronted the woman
A Vietnamese woman named “Ly Thi N” has admitted to severing her foot and arm to claim an insurance payout.
According to the People’s Police Newspaper of Vietnam, the 30-year-old woman pretended that she lost her limbs after being hit by a train.
Afterwards, she claimed insurance amounting to $150,000 from her insurance company.
However, reports say that she has admitted to paying a friend $2200 to cut off her limbs.
After her friend, “Doan Van D,” cut off her leg and arm, Doan pretended to be a bystander and called an ambulance after “discovering” the injured woman along the Hanoi railroad.
"N hired D to cut her hand and foot, then continued to have him report false information to the police," said Bac Tu Liem police chief Nguyen Thanh Tung.
However, the authorities smelled fraud and confronted the woman. She eventually confessed to the police.
According to Thanniennews, Ly Thi N was struggling with her business and was short of cash, prompting her to cut her limbs in desperation.
While Ly Thi N has admitted to fraud, the authorities have dropped a criminal investigation.
The Police believe that Ly Thi N’s self-inflicted disability would be punishment enough.
Her story has gone viral in social media, with many saying insurance fraud in the extreme only happens in Vietnam.
“Lost 50 million, 1 hand, 1 leg, and now you are at risk to go to jail. No benefit at all,” said Facebook user Ly Phan.
The police later warned insurance buyers against attempting to conduct insurance fraud at the expense of their health.
Three months after the incident, the wounds of has been healed. - Kami Media