A woman parked her late-model car just feet from the stormy Gulf Coast waters by Gulfport, Miss. as Hurricane Gustav closed in. She jumped into a waiting vehicle and zoomed off, leaving her car to the mercy of the raging wind and surging ocean.

Paula Parent allegedly sunk her 2005 Chevy Trailblazer in Lake Erie for insurance money in June 2008. According to investigators, the keys were still in the ignition, and a rock was tied to the gas pedal. The Buffalo-area woman later admitted that she wanted to buy a vehicle with better mileage.

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