A New Jersey man has been iced out of insurance money and instead charged with insurance fraud after a surveillance camera allegedly caught him staging a fall.
Alexander Goldinsky, 57, of Randolph has been charged with one count of theft by deception, in addition to insurance fraud, according to a statement by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
It also posted a video of Goldinsky’s fall which appears to show Goldinsky, carrying a backpack by just one strap, in an office cafeteria grabbing a plastic cup and filling it with ice from a dispenser. He then looks around the room suspiciously before tossing the ice on the floor. He then stands for a few seconds, seemingly contemplating what to do next, before appearing to fake fall to the ground. The video ends with Goldinsky dramatically lying on his back.
"The investigation revealed that Goldinsky purposely threw the ice on the floor in the cafeteria at his workplace, placed himself on the ground, and waited until he was discovered," the Prosecutor's Office wrote in its statement. It referred to it as a “fake slip and fall he orchestrated at a company in Woodbridge.”
Goldinsky is an independent contractor who works under the company name All Gold Industries. It’s not clear if he will consider changing that to Fool’s Gold.
He was arrested on Jan. 15 for allegedly filing the false insurance claim in the fall of 2018 for both an ambulance service and the treatment he received at a local hospital. He claimed he suffered injuries from the fall.
"Yes, I was brought to the police department," Goldinsky told CBS2 New York on Thursday when asked about the incident, adding that he didn’t want to say more without a lawyer. "I didn't do it, it was a mistake."
He’s due back in court later this month. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
"Fraudulent claims cost everyone and we will aggressively prosecute those who illegally manipulate the system," prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in the statement.
[Photo: Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office]
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