Man charged with faking cat's death to collect insurance7/6/2012
A Washington man's poorly conceived plan to collect a $20,000 insurance payment for a dead cat was thwarted by that formidable fraud-stopping tool known as a search engine. In 2009, Yevgeniy M. Samsonov was in a car accident and received $3,452 for his very real injuries. But two years later, he filed a claim demanding a five-figure payout because his cat, Tom, had also been killed in the accident. As proof, he sent the company \pictures of his beloved Tom, but an employee did a basic Web image search and found the feline Samsonov was peddling as his own was the first result, as it's featured on a Wikipedia page about cats. Samsonov is now charged with insurance fraud and attempted theft.
What's the dumbest thing you've heard of someone doing to get an insurance payout?