WOODBRIDGE, New Jersey -- A man accused of faking a slip and fall at a business pleaded not guilty to insurance fraud charges on Thursday.
Authorities say surveillance video shows 57-year-old Alexander Goldinsky filling a cup with ice, tossing the cubes on the floor and pretending to slip and fall.
Goldinsky was working as a subcontractor at a company and was in the snack room at the time.
Officials say he waited on the floor until he was discovered and then filed a false insurance claim, not just for ambulance service, but also treatment he received at a local hospital for his alleged injuries.
He was arrested on Jan. 15 and is now charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception.
He made a brief court appearance Thursday, entered his plea, and was ordered back to court on March 8.
The entire appearance took about a minute, and he spent much of the hearing trying to cover his face with a notebook because of the media presence inside.
He was eventually ordered to put that notebook down, which he did reluctantly, and continued to turn away from reporters inside.
New Jersey man accused of faking slip and fall pleads not guilty