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Stupid Case File for January 19, 2006

Man: I Needed The Insurance Money

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A man facing a big bill because he had blown the engine in his 1997 BMW decided to bury his car instead and collect $20,000 from his insurance company by claiming it was stolen.

Matthew Mueller rented a backhoe in October 2002 and buried the car on property owned by his father in rural northeast Ohio.

Police received tips last year and excavated the vehicle.

Mueller, 35, of Akron, was sentenced to a year in prison for insurance fraud, tampering with evidence, falsification and receiving stolen property.

He apologized in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday and paid restitution to Progressive Insurance along with $15,500 to state officials for their costs digging up the vehicle.

"It was stupidity and completely out of character," he said. "I broke the law and I tried to conceal it."


Blogger Party Girl said...

The amount of effort and thought process of just thinking this was a good idea, for those alone he deserves to go to jail.

January 21, 2006 11:31 PM  
Blogger Johnny Undercover said...

Having worked as an insurance investigator for years, the crime itself doesn't surprise me. It's the fact that it apparently cost the state $15,500 to dig a car out of a hole that amazes me.

No, wait...No it doesn't.

January 23, 2006 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is awesome!

February 01, 2011 4:34 PM  

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