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Man gets 14 years in fraud involving severed hand

Friday - 12/14/2012, 5:15pm  ET

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina judge has sentenced the 58-year-old ringleader of a scheme to cut off the hand of a mentally disabled man to collect insurance money.

Federal prosecutors say David Player controlled the man's affairs and gave him a small amount of money to have his hand cut off in May 2008. Player then used the $670,000 in insurance money on himself.

Player was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison. Also sentenced was 34-year-old Gerald Hardin. He was ordered to spend three years and five months in prison for taking $5,000 to help with the scheme.

Authorities say the men tied the victim's arm to a tree branch and cut it off with a pole saw. Doctors were not able to reattach the hand.


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