9 Accused of Faking Injuries in Philadelphia Trolley Mishap

October 4, 2012

Authorities in Philadelphia say nine people who allegedly faked injuries in a minor traffic mishap are being charged with insurance fraud.

District Attorney Seth Williams says the defendants were riding a Sugarhouse Casino trolley in May when it grazed mirrors with a city bus downtown.

Williams says the trolley’s surveillance system indicates the vehicle contact was so slight that none of the 26 passengers moved suddenly. He says the trolley’s mirror had no damage.

But Williams says some riders can be heard on surveillance audio talking about the casino’s “deep pockets.” Nine filed claims against the trolley company, claiming serious injuries.

Williams said Wednesday that the suspects will also face charges of attempted theft by deception.

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