Man Who Crashed Veyron into a Lake Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud Charge

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Remember Andy Lee House, they guy who crashed the Bugatti Veyron into a lake back in 2009? He’ll certainly have plenty of time to think about what he did, as House has recently pleaded guilty to an insurance fraud charge.
We’ll remind you House not only plunged into a salty lake, but also left the engine running upon exiting the car - water entered the engine, causing terminal damage. Based on a piece of Youtube footage captured from a passing vehicle, his insurance company started an investigation. Yesterday, House, age 39, pleaded guilty, as Jalopnik writes.

As the investigators discovered, House acquired the Veyron in October 2009, paying $1 million for the hypercar, while subsequently insuring it for $2.2 million. The man couldn’t wait more than a month before taking a motorized dive into Gulf Bay, in the proximity of La Marque, Texas. As you can imagine, he asked his insurance company for the money the following day.

House initially claimed it was all a case of distracted driving, explaining that the car swerved into the lake as he was reaching for his mobile phone. Moreover, certain strange parts of the footage determined some people to claim the man was distracted by a low-flying pelican, by this idea was dismissed too.

The story goes deeper than that, as House allegedly ran a salvage company which happened to deal with fixing exotics, with the Ferrari Enzo crashed by comedian Eddie Griffin back in 2007 being one of the vehicles handled by this.

The man now faces up to 20 years behind bars, but the date for the sentence announcement has not been made public yet.
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