As fraud cases go, this one is not particularly slick:
One night in early August, Maurice Owens was riding an elevator at the Potomac Avenue Metro station when, he says, he slipped on a banana peel as he was getting off, injuring his hip and leg. The District Heights man sued the transit agency for $15,000 — in part to cover $4,500 in chiropractor bills.
Problem is, the whole incident was caught on tape — and the tape showed something different. The claim against Metro was thrown out, and Owens, 42, ended up being charged with second-degree fraud, a felony.
What’s on the video? Pretty much what you’d expect:
Near the end of the video, as the elevator doors open, Owens can be seen flipping something onto the floor behind him. According to a Metro Transit Police report “this object was later identified as a banana peel.”
In a dramatic gesture, Owens falls to the ground — half his body inside the elevator, half outside.
With those mad flopping skillz, Owens might as well try out for the Washington Wizards, or at least the Generals.