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Scammer convicted of crashing million-dollar Bugatti into a marsh for insurance money

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Aug 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-01 06:43:52-04

(CNN) – A dealer of high end cars named Andy House faces serious jail time after he was convicted this week of crashing a million-dollar Bugatti for the $2.2 million insurance policy he’d taken out.

Video of the crash shot by onlookers gawking at the exotic supercar was pivotal in his conviction.

House first told police he dropped his cell phone, reached for it, and upon sitting back up was distracted by a low flying pelican, which he tried to avoid by jerking the wheel, leading him to crash into the salt water marsh near Galveston, Texas five years ago.

The video of the crash showed no pelican, and that House never hit the brakes.

House also claimed he ran off and left the 1001-horsepower engine running in the salt water, ruining it, because the mosquitoes in the marsh were really bad.

Though there’s a 20 year maximum for wire fraud, House is likely to face a year or two in prision.