Rich Kid Torches Ferrari So Dad Will Buy Him New One
His grand scheme falls through, however
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2015 8:03 PM CDT
A model poses with the Ferrari 458 Italia at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – Like some horrible combination of Veruca Salt and Vin Diesel, a 20-year-old Swiss man was sentenced last week for torching his $245,000 Ferrari so his millionaire father, who had already bought him 15 cars, would buy him a newer one. The New York Daily News reports the man, who said he wasn't brave enough to simply tell his father he was tired of his current Ferrari, was instructed on how to commit insurance fraud by a car dealer.

He paid three people about $15,000 to set fire to the car across the border in Germany while he patronized a massage parlor as an alibi, reports the Daily News, via the French-language newspaper 20 Minutes. Police caught him thanks to surveillance cameras and intercepted phone calls, and he was sentenced to 22 months probation and a $32,000 fine. Oh, and these details seem important for further outrage: In addition to the 15 cars, the man's father gave him $30 million in property and a monthly $10,000 allowance.