A young Vietnamese woman recently shocked police after admitting that she had paid someone to cut off her left hand and foot, so she could claim a health insurance payoff of roughly $180,000.
The extreme insurance scam reportedly began in May, when a 30-year-old woman named only as Ly Thi N convinced an acquaintance to cut off her left arm and foot in exchange for $2,200.
The plan was to make it look like she had been hit by a train, so the cold-blooded accomplice, named as Doan Van D, acted like a bystander who just happened to find her injured near a railroad in Hanoi. He was the one who called an ambulance and notified the police about the “accident”.
Ly Thi N was found lying in the ground with a severed hand and leg, and the woman told police that she had wandering near the railway track when a train passed by and dragged her under it.
Doan Van D, who she described as a total stranger, just happened to pass by and ended up saving her life. At first, everyone thought that the victim was lucky to be alive, but policemen investigating the accident became suspicious after learning that the woman and the 21-year-old who allegedly found her by accident actually knew each other quite well.
Digging even deeper, investigators found that Ly Thi N’s was lying. Confronted with the facts, the desperate woman reportedly admitted to having paid Doan Van D to sever her limbs in order to claim the insurance payoff.
Unfortunately for Ly Thi N, she has now lost both her limbs and millions. On the bright side – if we can even call it that – police have decided to drop all criminal charges against the two scammers, having decided that the woman’s disability is punishment enough.