A man in New Jersey has been charged with insurance fraud after CCTV footage showed him 'purposely' throwing ice on floor and apparently pretending to fall.
The baffling CCTV clip was posted on the Facebook page for Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, where the incident was referred to as a 'fake slip and fall'.
One Facebook user commented: "Nice try buddy there are cameras everywhere."
Another asked: "This guy serious?"
Someone else joked: "I think my toddler acts better."
In the video, Alexander Goldinsky, 57, can be seen walking around the empty cafeteria where he was working as an independent contractor at an unnamed company in Woodbridge.
At one point, he then appears to throw ice on the floor from his cup, before clutching the counter and seemingly lowering himself to the ground.
He appears to throw ice on the floor from his cup, before lowering himself to the ground. Credit: Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office
According to prosecutors, Goldinsky then took an ambulance to a local hospital, where he received treatment for the injuries he supposedly sustained in the 'fall'.
He was arrested on 15 January and has since been charged with 'one count of insurance fraud in the third degree and one count of theft by deception in the third degree', having fraudulently filed an insurance claim relating to the incident.
It is not known how much compensation Goldinsky - an independent contractor who is the owner of All Gold Industries - filed for in his insurance claim.
A statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said: "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."
According to prosecutors, Goldinsky took an ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Credit: Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office
Goldinsky was released on a summons, with his initial court appearance scheduled for 7 February in New Brunswick Superior Court.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office statement explains that the prosecution of insurance fraud is part of the Attorney General's statewide insurance fraud crackdown through its County Prosecutor Insurance Fraud Reimbursement Program.
"Fraudulent claims cost everyone and we will aggressively prosecute those who illegally manipulate the system," said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
The investigation is 'active and continuing', with prosecutors asking anyone with information to call Detective Sean Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at (732) 745-4060.
Featured Image Credit: Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office