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Spaniard cut off own hand in €2m claim bid

A Spanish man has chopped off his hand in an attempt to claim €2.1m from a slew of insurance companies.

The unnamed man told 11 different firms that he had lost his hand in a car crash. But fraud investigators became suspicious when they discovered that the man's hand was too cleanly severed to be the result of an accident.

"There were various things that did not add up," said Jose Luis Nieto, president of Spanish accident investigators Gesterec.

In a similar case last year, a man from Valencia cut off his arm above the elbow and claimed €600,000, saying that he had had an accident with an electric saw.

The sharp increase in fraudulent claims comes as Spain announced the worst unemployment figures since records began in the 1970s.

Irish Independent