October 22, 2013: 45-year-old Eric Burton is facing Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud charges for a 2011 claim filed with SEPTA. Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) began to investigate Burton after receiving an alleged fraud referral from SEPTA.
On February 4, 2011, SEPTA bus number 8264 was stopped at the intersection of 17th and John F. Kennedy Boulevard when a white box truck attempted to pass the bus. The white truck made contact with the side view mirror of the SEPTA bus causing the mirror to break. Detectives interviewed the bus operator who stated that he was not jostled in his seat nor did he feel any impact as a result of the contact. The operator stated all passengers denied having any injuries when asked.
Eric Burton later retained counsel to represent him in a personal injury claim despite his failure to report any injuries or fill out an incident card at the time of the accident. Burton sought treatment at a rehabilitation clinic for pain in his neck, arms and shoulders. According to his medical records, these injuries originated when he was thrown forward and snapped backwards while a passenger on SEPTA bus number 8264. Burton’s counsel submitted approximately nine thousand dollars in medical bills along with a three thousand dollar bill for an MRI to SEPTA. Digital surveillance from the bus shows that although the passengers experienced a slight movement at the moment of impact, it is no more severe than the movement passengers experience when the bus stops. Burton was seated at the time of the impact and at no point appeared distressed. Video footage shows that he exited the bus without speaking to the operator.
Burton was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Theft by Deception on October 22, 2013. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on October 28, 2013. ADA Vicki Markovitz and Detective Karl Supperer of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.