Julija Adlesic, a Slovenian woman was sentenced to two years in jail for intentionally chopping off her hand in an insurance scam.
A court in Ljubljana, Slovenia 's capital, handed down the verdict after officials learned that Adlesic had taken out five insurance premiums in the year previous to her accident.
The 22-year-old argued the incident occurred while chopping trees, but the court considered her assertion to be unfounded.
If successful, she stood to receive more than € 1 milion ($1.16 million) in insurance payouts.
Authorities have gathered that in 2019, according to Sky News, Adlesic arranged with her partner at their home in Ljubljana to have her left hand cut above the elbow.
It was discovered that the pair had purposely left the injured hand behind, rather than taking it to the hospital with them to ensure permanent injury. But the authorities rescued it in time to re-attach it.
Prosecutors claimed Adlesic 's partner had in the days before the incident done internet searches about artificial hands.
They argued the investigation is evidence that the incident was deliberate.
Although the court found Adlesic guilty of alleged insurance fraud and sentenced her to two years in jail, her boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison and his father received a one-year suspended term.
During the trial, Adlesic denied plotting the incident alongside her boyfriend.
“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,” she said.
The judge, Marjeta Dvornik, said “the sentences are fair and appropriate, and will serve their purpose.”