May 20, 2014: 55 year old Anthony Pagano has been charged with Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception, Perjury and Unsworn Falsifying by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) detectives began to investigate Anthony Pagano after receiving a referral from Harleysville Insurance Group. Pagano retained counsel to represent him in a personal injury lawsuit resulting from an alleged slip and fall inside of a Dunkin Donuts located on 7300 Rising Sun Avenue. Pagano’s counsel asked for a settlement of fifteen thousand dollars for pain and suffering in addition to payment of over ten thousand dollars in medical bills. Counsel submitted medical records from Flourtown Pain Evaluation and Treatment Center which indicated that Pagano had hurt his knee and hit his back and head when he fell backwards inside of the store. Despite the fact that video surveillance footage shows that Pagano never fell while inside of the Dunkin Donuts, Pagano repeated these same allegations in a sworn deposition with the insurance company.
Pagano is next scheduled for a status listing on July 7, 2014 in Philadelphia Municipal Court. IFU Detective Gilbert Brook and ADA Michael Kershaw are specially assigned to this case.