Two men allegedly chopped off a third man's hand with a pole saw so the three of them could file for an insurance claim.
The men from South Carolina received a payout of over $671,000 from a homeowner's insurance policy and three accidental death and dismemberment polices.
Gerald Hardin, 34, faces six charges, including mail fraud for the 2008 incident in Sumter County, reports wmbfnews.com.
Arrested: Gerald Hardin, 34, pictured, allegedly helped another person chop off a man's hand so the three of them could make an insurance claim
Police reports claim that Hardin and another person used a saw to intentionally cut off the hand of a third person in the insurance fraud scam.
Hardin faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if he is convicted, according to wmbfnews.com.
The men from South Carolina allegedly used a pole saw, similar to the one pictured, to chop off a man's hand, so they could claim hundreds of thousands in a payout
The other man who helped or the person whose hand was severed have not yet been identified.
Hardin, who appeared in court on Tuesday, is currently remanded in prison on $100,000 bond.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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