Report: Man Threw Himself in Front of Train, Lost Two Legs in Scheme to Collect Insurance Money

A Hungarian court has ruled that a man who lost both of his legs after being struck by a train stepped in front of the moving vehicle intentionally in order to collect millions of dollars in insurance payouts.

The man — identified in court documents as Sandor Cs. due to the country’s strict privacy laws — has claimed since July 30, 2014, that he stepped on glass, lost his balance, and fell onto the railroad tracks just outside a train station in the Hungarian village of Nyircsaszari.

But on Nov.9, the Pest Central District Court ruled that Cs. had deliberately put himself in the train’s path in an attempt to swindle the system. He was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay more than $5,000 in legal fees, the Daily Mail reported.

Authorities in the country had reportedly suspected that the 54-year-old inflicted the injury himself on purpose in order to claim a $3.2 million insurance payout.

Their suspicions stemmed from the discovery that Cs. had taken out 14 high-risk life insurances policies in the year leading up to the strange incident. His wife attempted to file the claims soon after the incident, but the insurance companies refused to pay on grounds that the injury was caused intentionally. (Read more from “Report: Man Threw Himself in Front of Train, Lost Two Legs in Scheme to Collect Insurance Money” HERE)

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