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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Women cut off her own hand for insurance payout

FraudA 22-year-old woman was sentenced to two years in prison by a court in Slovenia for intentionally cutting off her hand to make a fraudulent insurance claim. The woman used a circular saw to cut off her hand. 

The woman, Julija Adlesic, agreed with her boyfriend to cut her left hand above the wrist early last year. About a year earlier, she had signed contracts with five different insurance companies. She would have collected more than 1 million euros. 

The woman's boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison. 

The story that the family told the hospital is that the woman accidentally injured herself while sawing branches. "Authorities said they left the severed hand behind rather than bringing it to the hospital to ensure the disability was permanent. But police recovered and it was reattached."

At the trial, the woman claimed she was innocent and would never intentionally cut off her own hand. 

“No one wants to be crippled,” she told the court. “My youth has been destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20. Only I know how it happened.”

See Women cut off her own hand for insurance payout , Fox News, September 12, 2020. 


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