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.