Lufkin man pleads guilty in federal court in connection to million-dollar car case

Published: Aug. 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2014 at 7:59 PM CDT
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Source: Chris Paschenko/The Galveston County Daily News
Source: Chris Paschenko/The Galveston County Daily News

A Lufkin man has pleaded guilty in connection to driving his $2.2 million car into a Galveston County lagoon in October 2009.

Federal court information shows Andy House, 39, entered a guilty plea on Tuesday, just 12 days after a charge was filed on him, on a charge of wire mail fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

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. House reported to first responders he was reaching for his cell phone when he swerved and accidentally 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 videoed the accident, including the moment House drove the vehicle into the water, and then posted the video to YouTube.

Federal court documents appeared to have shown House had settled with Philadelphia Indemnity in October 2012.

An email to House and a phone call to his attorney were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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