Attempted Theft by Deception 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3
Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Keith Murphy after receiving a referral from SEPTA. On July 7, 2013, Murphy was a passenger on the Route 89 bus when the bus was struck from behind by a Volvo. The back bumper of the bus was scraped as a result. Detectives interviewed the SEPTA bus operator who stated that no passengers were injured as a result of this incident and that neither the police nor paramedics reported to the scene of the accident. The operator also stated that he had been driving less than five miles per hour when the accident occurred and that he never slammed on his brakes when stopping. Surveillance footage from the Route 89 bus shows that the bus slowly turned the corner at the intersection of G Street and Hunting Park Avenue when it was struck from behind by a Volvo. The footage shows that none of the passengers were disturbed by the impact.
Despite the lack of impact, Keith Murphy hired personal counsel to represent him in an injury claim against SEPTA. Murphy submitted a SEPTA claim form which stated that he was seated at the back of the Route 89 bus when it collided with another vehicle and that he consequently injured his neck and back. Murphy sought medical treatment at Chestnut Street Rehabilitation on eleven separate occasions between July and August 2013 and accumulated medical bills totaling eight thousand nine hundred and thirty-seven dollars. Murphy then sought treatment at the Wellness Medical Center on twenty-nine separate occasions between August 2013 and January 2014. Murphy’s medical records indicate that he suffered back and shoulder pain as a result of being jerked and jostled on the Route 89 bus. Murphy’s bills from Wellness Medical Center totaled five thousand five hundred and ninety-two dollars. In November 2013, Murphy also had an MRI which cost eighteen hundred dollars. Murphy’s counsel submitted these medical bills to SEPTA as part of his personal injury claim.
Murphy was arrested on July 5, 2016 for attempting to file a fraudulent injury lawsuit against SEPTA. He was charged with Attempted Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on August 5, 2016.