January 2, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 37 year old Corey Walker with Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, Criminal Conspiracy.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Corey Walker after receiving a fraud referral from SEPTA. Walker formerly worked as a trolley operator for SEPTA from 2000 to 2003, at which point he was fired. Walker’s wife also works for SEPTA and currently serves as a transportation manager at the Elmwood Station. On June 22, 2011, Mrs. Walker reported to the SEPTA Inspector General’s Office that her husband, Corey Walker, was in the process of filing a fraudulent personal injury claim against SEPTA. Mrs. Walker stated that her husband had injured his hand while doing plumbing work but had stated that he was going to file a lawsuit alleging that he had injured his hand while a passenger on SEPTA. The SEPTA Inspector General’s Office then forwarded this fraud referral to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit for review.
The investigation revealed that Walker was involved in a relationship with a trolley operator at the Elmwood Station where Mrs. Walker currently works and Corey Walker previously worked. When Mrs. Walker made her initial referral, she provided SEPTA investigators with the following items which she found in her home: a framed photograph of the operator, a credit card statement in the operator’s name, and a letter from an attorney who represented Walker in a personal injury lawsuit. Detectives retrieved the SEPTA Operator Accident Report that corresponded with Walker’s claim. This report had been filled out by the same operator with whom Walker had contact and stated that on June 16, 2011, an unnamed passenger hit his arm on a pole while on the SEPTA Route 11 trolley. The report further stated that no witnesses were present during this incident despite the fact that the operator later claimed that there were fifty passengers on the trolley on the date when Walker was allegedly injured. When approached by detectives, the operator stated that she is not required to name passengers as long as she documents the incident.
Detectives obtained Walker’s phone records, which indicated that Walker made two phone calls from his cell phone to the operator’s cell phone during June 2011, one of which occurred three days prior to the alleged accident. Walker’s landline records show that during the period between February and May of 2011, Walker made forty-six calls to the operator’s cell phone from his house phone, the majority of which occurred while Mrs. Walker worked her nighttime shift at SEPTA.
Walker retained counsel who filed a personal injury lawsuit against SEPTA on his behalf. Counsel stated that Walker boarded a SEPTA trolley in Darby, Pennsylvania and that the vehicle had pulled away suddenly and caused him to fracture his wrist. Walker’s counsel requested a settlement of fifty thousand dollars in connection to this case. Medical records indicate that Walker visited the Philadelphia Hand Center on June 16, 2011, and complained of right hand and wrist pain after he had attempted to grab a bar. Medical records and letters of attorney representation show inconsistent dates as to when this accident allegedly took place.
Based on statements, phone records and medical records, Walker was arrested on January 2, 2014 for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Conspiracy. He is next scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on February 21, 2014.
ADA Dawn Holtz and Detective Donald Murtha of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.