House said at the time he had been distracted by a pelican and his cellphone when the Veyron went for a dip. (Warning: some understandably adult language in the video below):
But House's story quickly started to spring leaks, beginning with the video above showing no birds near the car. Investigators later discover that shortly after buying the Veyron for $1 million in October 2009, House had insured it for $2.2 million — and that he had left the W-16, quad turbocharged engine running for 15 minutes after submerging the car to ensure its destruction. (You might also notice the distinct lack of brake lights in the video above before the car goes in; the car itself was sold for salvage 16 months later.)
House owned a business repairing exotic cars before launching his watery Bugatti adventure, and he as much as anyone should have known it's hard to pull off a scam in a car that you can't help but watch.