A New Jersey man has been charged with fraud after surveillance footage showed him faking a “slip and fall” at his former workplace, CBS reports.
The video shows 57-year-old Alexander Goldinsky turning over a cup of ice onto the floor of his work’s break room. After throwing the cup in the garbage, he walks back over and steps on an ice cube, and “falls” on the floor. He laid on his back until he was discovered, according to CBS.
Goldinsky was later arrested on Jan. 15 and charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception since the fall didn’t appear to be an accident. The incident took place last year at an unidentified company in New Jersey, where Goldinsky was employed as an independent contractor.
Following his arrest, he was released with a summons until he has to go to court in February. “Yes, I was brought to the police department,” he told CBS New York. “I didn’t do it, it was a mistake.”
However, authorities believe that the footage obviously shows he faked the fall. Following the incident, Goldinsky filed a claim for an ambulance and medical care at a hospital for the injuries he alleges he suffered.
This is still an open and active investigation, according to prosecutors. The New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is taking a bigger interest in cracking down on insurance fraud within the state, per CBS New York.