MAN FILES FRAUDULENT PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WITH SEPTA

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Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Joseph Hinton after receiving a referral from SEPTA.  On September 30, 2013, a SEPTA Route 38 bus was involved in an accident on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Route 38 bus made minor contact with a 2007 Honda Accord and broke the sedan’s left side mirror. Hinton claimed that the accident caused him to sustain injuries to his back, neck and shoulders and he therefore retained counsel to file a personal injury claim against SEPTA. Hinton sought treatment for these alleged injuries and incurred medical bills in excess of eight thousand dollars. However, the investigation revealed that Hinton was not actually present on the bus at the time of the accident. Digital surveillance footage from the SEPTA Route 38 bus showed that there were thirteen passengers on the Route 38 bus but Hinton was not one of them. The surveillance footage shows that approximately fifteen minutes after the collision occurred, Hinton boarded the SEPTA bus and proceeded to talk to passengers in the back of the bus who were present when the accident occurred. Hinton was arrested on June 29, 2015 for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception for filing a fictitious personal injury claim against SEPTA. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on July 6, 2015.


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