Bugatti crash leads to Southeast Texas conviction
Andy Lee House, 39, of Lufkin pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas for purposely wrecking his $1 million Bugatti and claiming more than $2 million in insurance proceeds, according to U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales. House pleaded guilty to wire mail fraud in connection with claiming ill-gotten insurance proceeds on Tuesday, Aug. 26, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin in Beaumont.
According to information presented in court, in October 2009, House purchased a 2006 Bugatti Veyron for $1 million and had it insured for $2.2 million. On Nov. 11, 2009, House drove the vehicle into the Gulf Bay near La Marque, Texas, and upon exiting the Bugatti, left the motor running, resulting in the engine taking on large amounts of salt water - which destroyed the vehicle, according to investigators.
House reported to first responders he was reaching for his cell phone when he swerved and accidently drove into the bay.
On Nov. 12, 2009, House called the insurance company and filed a $2.2 million claim on the Bugatti. However, House did not know that another motorist had video taped the accident, including the moment House drove the vehicle into the water, and then posted the video to YouTube.
The video can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtgsRAWejQs.
House faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.