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An insurance scheme gone awry has left two South Carolinians with blood on their hands after allegedly conducting an amputation on a third party with a rudimentary yard tool.

According to the federal indictment, Gerald B. Hardin, 34, and another, currently unnamed male severed an acquaintance’s hand with a pole saw (a small chain saw attached to a pole used to cut tree branches) in an attempt to collect benefits on three accidental death and dismemberment policies, as well as the homeowners’ insurance policy at the Sumter County, South Carolina home where the incident occurred.

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