Remember the guy who caught on video driving a Bugatti Veyron into the Gulf Bay in Texas? Well, he's now facing a few decades behind bars. You might wonder why some seriously bad driving in a million-dollar supercar could lead to such a long stint in the slammer. Well, Andy Lee House of Lufkin, TX, pled guilty to wire mail fraud in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. As it turns out, crashing the car was all about getting an insurance payout.

According to The Lufkin Daily News reporting on the case, House wrecked the Veyron in November 2009 after purchasing it for $1 million and insuring it for $2.2 million. His plan was allegedly to ruin the Bugatti, pay back his loan and pocket the rest. After crashing it, House left the car running in the salt water to make sure the supercar's engine sucked in enough H2O to thoroughly destroy it. Of course, the incident was captured on video by passing motorists, and that messed up his scheme. House hasn't been sentenced yet, but he could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

According to our earlier story on the case, House at one point tried to use the creative alibi that the reason he left the Veyron running for so long was that he was being bitten by mosquitos and didn't want to go back to the car to shut it off. Before the crash, he also reportedly tried to pay someone to steal the car and torch it. This Bugatti didn't stand a chance. Scroll down to watch the video that started it all. Warning: it does contain some explicit language.


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      Jarda
      • 3 Months Ago
      "That will be mine one day... pretty sure it's a Lambo"
      I bet car sellers love dealing with this guy. :P
      F_Monk
      • 3 Months Ago

      Good! Stupid, self-centered douche.

      Car Guy
      • 3 Months Ago

      As someone who pays plenty in insurance premiums each year for medical, dental, life, home and car, I say nail fraudsters like this to the wall.  Fraud makes everyone's bills more expensive.

        antacid
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Car Guy

        fraud barely affects what you pay, the insurance company's desire to show year over year record profits is what is making you pay more

          Steve K
          • 3 Months Ago
          @antacid

          Yeah, that 4% profit margins they enjoy on auto insurance, fully regulated by the state insurance commissions, are massive!  Keep parroting nonsense.  

          davebo357
          • 3 Months Ago
          @antacid

          I'm not sure who downvoted the most accurate comment I've ever read on this site.  Of course fraud should be punished but insurance companies will profit off their clients no matter what.  You either pay them money and A) nothing goes wrong and they pocket all the money or B) something goes wrong and after doing their best to weasel out of it entirely they begrudgingly pay as little as possible.

          19nomad56
          • 3 Months Ago
          @antacid

          Um...no. They are called actuarial tables. Insurance companies calculate accident rates, cost of repair/replacements, etc. and how many clients they insure. It's like gambling- you win on some (accident free) and lose on some (big claims), but the net result is calculated to be positive. My friend/neighbor does commercial claims for a large insurer, and he's told me some stories of crazy attempts at insurance fraud.

          And yes, fraud is included when calculating rates. I'm pretty sure costs incurred from shoplifting and employee theft are included in almost everything we buy.

        Nowuries
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Car Guy

        Absolutely! 

      RedEmblem
      • 3 Months Ago

      There should be a special place in hell for ruining such a rare car 

      Army Casualty
      • 3 Months Ago

      20 years in prison?  Well that is unjust.  What about the company that gladly insured his car for double the amount?  Did they only charge him premiums for the actual value?  It's one rip-off artist vs. another.  They are made for each other.  They should get the same penalties.  And why on earth did he plead guilty?  This guy is an idiot anyway you go.

      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Months Ago

      Insurance companies exist by financially raping those they insure, but when you try and rip them off, you face 20 years in prison.

      This is our justice system fellow Americans...

        Krazeecain
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo

        Yeah I have no sympathy for this guy, but 20 years in prison is a bit insane...

        Car Guy
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo

        Maybe if you were smarter, and didn't get so many tickets for driving stupid, you would have better rates............

          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Car Guy

          Too bad my rates are cheap due my lack of at-fault accident or tickets of any kind in 6 years. Talk out your ass much?

        Nowuries
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo

        I hate our justice system but this isn't just about ripping off an insurance company; its about ripping off everyone else who pays higher premiums to that insurance company because dickheads like this try to scam for money. 

        Joe Cabot
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo

        How is it financial rape when you enter into an insurance contract of your own free will?  Oh, and I know that this is a long shot, but if you actually ever had $2 mil and someone attempted to steal it, what would you do, laugh it off?

      Bernard
      • 3 Months Ago

      I agree that this guy deserves punishment, but I would think seizing all of his liquidable assets, plus sentencing some years of community service to pay the damage costs, would be more sensible than jailing him for 20 years at the tax payers expense. But hey, I'm no criminal justice major so what do I know?

      Required Reading
      • 3 Months Ago

      I think this guy should get 0 years in jail. I don't want to support this loser.

      He should have to work his ass off to repay the entire $2.2 million that he intended to steal, in effect all future wages are garnished for life, and he should be black balled from ever getting any sort of insurance again, anywhere. This would mean no more legal driving for this guy. If he gets busted driving without insurance then we have laws for that, too.

        libertedelacroix
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Required Reading

        Best comment.  Putting him on our dime is stupid.  Literally do what was said above - it is fair justice.

      Pete
      • 3 Months Ago


      @car guy

      Okay maybe not out of desperation, i give you that, since he could get his hands on a Bugatti veyron in the first place. The Insurance Company would have lost 2.2 million dollars if he hadn't been caught, and that's alot Money, yes.

      But I still stand by, that he didn't try to hurt, threaten, terrorize or kill anyone, and i think those types of crimes should be punished much harder than financiel crimes. And We're not talking about trillions of dollars either, we're talking about 2 million $.

        Carpinions
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Pete

        Pfff, OK than most of the people in jail for burglary, shoplifting, auto theft, robbery, petty theft, etc. should have their sentences reduced significantly from what they are because the threshold is in the 8+ figure range.

        I'm sure all of them would love that.

        Financial crimes can have snowball effects that in fact do cause greater harm. See the housing bubble of 2007. All the job losses that were still feeling. People going from equity in their homes to filing for bankruptcy. The general decline of healthcare and industry as a result. Stuff like that is why Madoff went to jail for life, although he was the fall guy and far from the only perpetrator. And what about Enron, Countrywide, and the myriad other abuses of the economy by even a few massive corporations over just the last 15 years?

      ffelix422
      • 3 Months Ago

      "Cause having 1 million $$ to buy this car just wasn't enough..."

      Strangley, I feel sorry for the guy- his greed got the best of him.

       


       

      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Months Ago

      20 years sounds about right for this douschebag

      Doctor
      • 3 Months Ago

      Classic Texas White Trash...

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