SC man who cut off hand for money in court

COLUMBIA — A Cayce man is expected in court on federal fraud charges in a scheme authorities say includes severed limbs.

Gerald B. Hardin is scheduled to appear in federal court in Columbia on Tuesday. He faces six charges, including mail fraud for a 2008 incident in Sumter County where a man’s hand was cut off with a pole saw.

Court records show Hardin has signed a deal to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He faces up to five years in prison.

Federal indictments say Hardin and another person used a saw to intentionally cut off the hand of a third person in an insurance fraud scheme. The indictment says the men submitted claims under a homeowner’s insurance policy and three accidental death and dismemberment policies.

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