6 People, Only 1 on Bus, Fraudulently Claim Injuries on SEPTA: D.A.

Philly D.A. says 6 people claimed they were hurt on a SEPTA bus video shows that only 1 of them was on the bus & that man wasn't hurt

By Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 12:39 AM EDT
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D.A. Says 6 Perform Fraud After a Woman Falls on SEPTA

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Clarence "Superman" Wright (upper left), Joseph Anderson (upper right), Bernard Robinson (lower left), Donnell Green (lower right) and two others -- Rubin Lindsay and Jeanette Sommerville (not pictured) -- face fraud charges after saying they were hurt on a SEPTA bus when they weren't, according to authorities.

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D.A. Says 6 Perform Fraud After a Woman Falls on SEPTA

See video of a woman falling on a SEPTA bus last month. The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office says that woman was really hurt but another man on the bus and five others who weren't on the bus never got hurt.
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Six people face fraud charges after they claimed to be hurt on a SEPTA bus.

Two problems, only one of them was actually on the bus and, the bus never got in a crash.

We’ll explain.

SEPTA surveillance video shows a woman actually did fall on the Route 56 bus the night of Nov. 25 as the bus pulled up to the Wakeling Street stop along Torresdale Avenue.

“The bus had not been in an accident or made any sudden maneuvers and no other passengers reported any injuries at the time,” according to a press release from Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

The woman didn’t appear to be seriously hurt and authorities say she refused treatment, even though paramedics were called.

Yet, SEPTA received $54,000 in medical bills from six different people – five of whom were never on the bus.

Another person on the bus, identified as Clarence “Superman” Wright, 62, of the 3100 block of N Marston Street, allegedly saw the woman fall and then recruited the victim along with five others to file claims all using the same unnamed attorney, according to the D.A.’s Office.

The D.A.'s Office says Wright was paid $250 for each recruit by that attorney.

The woman who fell wasn’t charged because she actually did suffer some injuries. But the other six, including Wright, were hit with insurance fraud, criminal conspiracy and attempted theft by deception charges, according to the D.A.

Joseph Anderson, 59, of the 1800 block N Marston Street
Donnell Green, 47, of the 2700 block of N 24th Street
Rubin Lindsay, 52, of the 5700 block of Reedland Street
Bernard Robinson, 62, of the 3100 block of N 24th Street
Jeanette Sommerville, 56, of the 3100 block of N. 24th Street

Wright also faces five more counts of insurance fraud, according to the D.A.


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