By Mike Dougherty
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 55-year-old Philadelphia man has been charged with insurance fraud and attempted theft by deception for filing bogus insurance claims for injuries allegedly suffered on a SEPTA bus and in a West Philly grocery store.
Lance Henderson sued SEPTA for an incident in May 2012 in which he says his foot got stuck in the rear door of a bus.
He claims he laid on the floor screaming for help until someone opened the door. He made 44 doctors visits complaining of pain in his back, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle, however, surveillance video obtained by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office shows the accident never happened.
Henderson also filed suit against Fresh Grocer. He claimed a piece of metal sticking out from a freezer ripped his shoe and caused him to fall, resulting in 25 doctors visits.
Investigators say they have video proving that Henderson never fell to the ground at any point during that visit in 2011. The shoe he claims ripped was taken in as evidence without any significant rips or tears, according to the DA.
He’s expected to appear in court June 4th.