MAN FILES FRAUDULENT WORKER’S COMPENSATION CLAIM WITH ZENITH INSURANCE COMPANY

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Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Raheine Collins after receiving a referral from Zenith Insurance Company. Collins retained counsel to file a worker’s compensation claim on his behalf after he allegedly fell down a flight of stairs at Eulogy Bar and Restaurant. Counsel submitted a Bureau of Worker’s Compensation claim petition on Collin’s behalf in order that he could receive payment for injuries he allegedly sustained to his back, head and coccyx. In pursuit of this claim, Collins appeared for a Worker’s Compensation hearing in which he testified that he fell down a flight of stairs while working at Eulogy and then informed the chef and bartender of his injury. The chef and bartender were present at the hearing and their individual testimony contradicted Collin’s account. Both employees stated that they never learned that Collins had injured himself during the course of his employment.

 

Detectives retrieved medical records from Olney Orthopedics which indicated that Collins had sought treatment from February 7, 2013 until November 1, 2013 on eighty-nine separate occasions for treatment to his back and neck. The cost of the treatment exceeded twenty-two thousand dollars. Detectives also obtained medical records from Temple University Hospital which stated that Collins had sought treatment after falling on a SEPTA bus on January 21, 2013, one day after his alleged work injury. Inconsistencies in the origins of Collins’ supposed injuries drew further attention to the validity of his claim.

 

The investigation revealed that Collins did not injure himself while employed at Eulogy but had been terminated and subsequently attempted to file a worker’s compensation claim. Collins was arrested on June 4, 2015 for Insurance Fraud, Attempted Theft by Deception and Perjury. Collins waived his preliminary hearing and is next scheduled to be arraigned in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on July 6, 2015.


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