Man Faces Fraud Charge After Banana Peel Fall

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013  |  Updated 8:57 AM EDT
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A man who claimed he was owed $15,000 in settlements after tripping on a banana peel inside a D.C. Metro elevator is now facing fraud charges.

A man who claimed he was owed $15,000 in settlements after tripping on a banana peel inside a D.C. Metro elevator is now facing fraud charges.

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A man is facing fraud charges after police say he staged a fall on a banana peel he placed on the ground of a D.C. Metro station.

Investigators say Maurice Owens filed a $15,000 lawsuit against WMATA, claiming he injured his left leg and hip after slipping on a banana peel left inside an elevator at the Potomac Avenue Metro station back in August.

But a surveillance camera mounted inside the elevator told a different story. 

The video show Owens as he enters the empty elevator at 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 8, investigators said. The man in the video pivots and looks directly into the camera as he drops what "was later identified as a banana peel" by the door of the elevator. The man looks into the camera two more times before slipping on the peel on his way out.

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He reported his injury and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

During an interview held after the incident, Owens reportedly asked why a station custodian had not cleaned up the banana peel and requested $15,000 to settle his claim.

Owens was arrested and charged earlier this month with second degree fraud, a felony. His lawsuit was also dismissed.

Owens is scheduled to appear in court next week.

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