Julija Adlesic, 22, from Ljubljana, Slovenia, was found guilty of fraud after she and her boyfriend allegedly hatched a plan to cut off her hand for $1.16 million in insurance payouts.
Adlesic took out five insurance policies the year before cutting off her hand, which she claims happened while she was cutting branches. The court found that she and her boyfriend had intentionally left the severed hand behind rather than bringing it with them to ensure Adlesic was permanently disabled and able to receive the insurance money. However, authorities recovered Adlesic's hand after police became suspicious, and the surgeons were able to sew it back on.
Prosecutors claim Adlesic and her boyfriend, Sebastien Abramov, carefully planned the scam, as it was revealed that Abramov researched how prosthetic hands work just days before Adlesic's hand was cut off. Adlesic protested her innocence in court, stating, "No one wants to be crippled. My youth has been destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20. Only I know how it happened." Ultimately, Adlesic was sentenced to two years in prison, while Abramov was sentenced to three years.