WOMAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM AGAINST SAVE A LOT SUPERMARKET

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Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Marialana Cini after receiving a referral from Sedgwick Claims Management, which is the third party administrator for Save A Lot supermarkets. On October 25, 2012, Cini was shopping at the Save A Lot supermarket on the twenty-one hundred block of Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia. Cini alleged that she slipped on a puddle of water near a meat case in the back of the store and consequently fell and injured her back and leg. Cini retained counsel to represent her in a personal injury lawsuit against the Save A Lot. Detectives reviewed the Save A Lot Customer Statement that Cini had filled out and the form indicated that while she was shopping in the store, Cini slipped and hurt herself on water leaking from a freezer case. Medical records state that Cini alleged that she twisted her back, neck and knee as a result of this fall. Detectives then retrieved the surveillance footage from the Save A Lot which shows that Cini was not injured while shopping in the store. The video shows Cini walking past a refrigerated meat case while headed towards the refrigeration box where the milk is kept. Cini paused in front of the meat case and looked at the floor. After picking up milk, Cini then went to the front of the store and spoke to an assistant manager. She then returned to the spill and took photographs with her cell phone before the manager met her at the area of the alleged incident. Cini then filled out a claims form and exited the store. At no point did surveillance footage show Cini slipping or falling. Detectives arrested Cini for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception on April 10, 2015. She is next scheduled to appear for a status listing on April 17, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.


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