Bugatti Veyron owner convicted of insurance fraud, 1 year prison

Andy Lee House, the man who intentionally drove his one-month-old Bugatti Veyron into a lake in 2009, has been sentenced to one year in prison for his actions.

Bugatti Veyron insurance fraud

Far from a lapse in concentration, it has been concluded that Mr House intended to defraud his insurer for a small fortune back in 2009, when he drove his $1 million Veyron into the salt water of Gulf Bay, in Texas.

Initially Mr House claimed he was distracted by a low flying pelican, and then changed his reasoning to being distracted on his phone while driving. These theories however were dismissed, with the events subsequently being filmed by a nearby car showing that Mr House made no real attempt to avoid the water.

He then left the engine running whilst submerged, hydro-locking the W16 powertrain, another sign Mr House wasn’t exactly acting in the best interests of his vehicle.

His insurance company is demanding a $600,000 settlement, while Mr House faces 366 days behind bars, with another three years of supervised probation.

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The worst part about this story is, in our opinion, a poor Bugatti Veyron went to absolute waste. Footage of the incident can be seen below.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.