Man Submerges Bugatti in the Gulf for Insurance Scam, Gets Caught on YouTube

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Intentionally submerging a new Bugatti in the Gulf may not be the smartest way to commit insurance fraud, as Andy Lee House, 39, of Lufkin recently found out -- especially when there are witnesses with cell phones.

According to federal authorities, back in '09 House purchased a million dollar Bugatti Veyron, a super sweet luxury vehicle that's been the subject of many a rap song. He insured that Bugatti to the tune of $2.2 million -- twice what it's worth -- and then tried to "wreck" the car by deliberately driving it into the Gulf Bay near La Marque.

House originally told authorities that the car was submerged by accident, claiming that he'd driven into the gulf after accidentally swerving off of the road while trying to reach for his cell phone.

Unfortunately, his cover was blown when a video taken by another driver on the road surfaced on YouTube, which clearly showed House driving calmly into the water and exiting the vehicle, leaving the motor running.

The car was totaled thanks to the salt water, and House -- unaware of the video's existence -- made an attempt to file a $2.2 million claim on the useless vehicle.

Federal authorities were none too pleased with the scheme and slapped the amateur insurance scammer with a handful of charges, including wire fraud, which he pleaded guilty to on Tuesday.

No date has been set for sentencing. House could face up to 20 years in federal prison for the incident -- a far cry from waking up in that new Bugatti.

2 Chainz he is not.

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