Investigators say car was buried in insurance fraud scheme

Atherton, Calif. (AP) — A car was buried in the backyard of a North home California Authorities announced Thursday that they stole a mansion 30 years ago as part of a plot to commit insurance fraud.

The convertible Mercedes was spotted last month by a landscaper in the wealthy Silicon Valley town of Atherton.

Crew members exhumed the vehicle, and police said they found no human remains after using cadaver dogs and ground penetrating radar to search the scene.

Investigators said they determined Mercedes was buried for insurance fraud purposes, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The car was reported stolen in nearby Palo Alto in September 1992. Its owner, Johnny Bocktune Lu, owned the house where the Mercedes was discovered. He was accused of hiring men to sink a yacht worth $1.2 million in 1999, according to the Chronicle.

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The deceased Liu had served time in Los Angeles County for murder and attempted murder decades earlier.

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