Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Frank Hinton after receiving a referral from SEPTA. On January 7, 2013, Hinton was a passenger on the SEPTA Route 2 bus when the vehicle had a minor collision with a parked 2000 Mercedes Benz. Hinton then retained counsel to file a personal injury claim against SEPTA and Liberty Mutual on his behalf. Hinton claimed that the accident had caused him to suffer injuries to his right hip, right knee, headaches, neck, shoulders wrist and back and that he therefore incurred medical bills in excess of nine thousand dollars. The investigation revealed that the slight collision could not have harmed Hinton. Detectives interviewed the operator of the Route 2 bus who stated that as he was driving the bus, the operator of a Liberty Mutual insured Mercedes Benz opened the driver’s side door of his parked vehicle and made contact with the bus. The bus had dents on the rear top and bottom right side panels; however, no injuries were reported by any of the five passengers on the bus. Detectives retrieved a SEPTA incident card which Hinton filled out in connection to this accident which read that the bus had swerved and he was subsequently thrown to the floor. Digital surveillance footage from the SEPTA Route 2 bus showed that Hinton was never thrown to the ground nor did he appear to be disturbed. Hinton was arrested on April 6, 2015 for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on April 13, 2015.
MAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WITH SEPTA AND LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY