Police charged a 59-year-old man with insurance fraud after he admitted faking a fall at a Walmart.
Police said Mr. Thomas J. Campbell of Woodbury NJ was charged by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday with insurance fraud and falsifying records, specifically by claiming he sustained a slip-and-fall accident in a Deptford Wal-Mart store and making the same false assertion in a recorded statement given to investigators.
According to authorities, Insurance fraud is a third-degree crime and falsifying records is a fourth-degree offense.
An investigation by the GCPO and the National Insurance Crime Bureau established that Campbell walked through a puddle inside the Walmart store three times and staged a fall the fourth time.
According to police in an interview Wednesday, Campbell, who is unemployed, acknowledged faking the fall because he no longer had health insurance for treatment of a pre-existing back injury.
After processing, Campbell was released pending a first appearance in Superior Court, Woodbury in late October.