April 10, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) has charged 60 year old Fay Williams with Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Perjury.
IFU detectives began to investigate Fay Williams after receiving an insurance fraud referral from Save A Lot Risk Management. On July 3, 2011, Williams slipped slightly on the end of a rug as she entered a Save A Lot supermarket located at 5601 Vine Street in Philadelphia. Williams later retained counsel to represent her in a personal injury claim against Save A Lot. Counsel alleged that Williams tripped and fell as a result of an improperly placed carpet in the entryway and that she consequently suffered injuries to her neck, back and shoulder. Williams then sought medical and chiropractic treatment for injuries to her right elbow, shoulder and knee which allegedly occurred after Williams slipped and fell on a wet pavement. Williams received treatment on forty-nine separate occasions between August and December of 2011 and acquired medical bills in excess of ten thousand dollars. Save A Lot denied payment for any of these expenses.
Surveillance footage from the Save A Lot supermarket revealed that Williams slipped slightly as she entered the store. Williams then grabbed a railing and braced herself, thus preventing a fall. At no point did Williams ever fall or make contact with the floor of the supermarket. In spite of this footage, Williams furthered her fraudulent claim by testifying under oath at an arbitration hearing that she had tripped on a bulge in a rug at the Save A Lot and fell, striking the floor and railing.
Based on interviews, medical records and surveillance footage, Williams was arrested on April 8, 2014 for Attempted Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and Perjury. She is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on April 14, 2014.
Detective Donald Murtha and ADA John Doyle of IFU are specially assigned to this case.