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RESTITUTION MADE TO SEPTA IN PHONY ACCIDENT CLAIM CASE

 RESTITUTION MADE TO SEPTA IN PHONY ACCIDENT CLAIM CASE
 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SEPTA was recently paid $4,500


restitution for a false personal injury claim filed in April 1986, the authority announced today.
 As a result of a joint investigation by SEPTA and U.S. Postal inspectors, Rita Christine Fries, who falsely claimed she was injured in an accident involving a SEPTA bus and an automobile, pleaded guilty to charges filed against her in U.S. District Court on Oct. 31, 1991.
 Fries and her attorney, Robert B. Burke, had received from SEPTA a check totalling $7,250 as settlement for her injury claim.
 The $4,500 returned to SEPTA by Fries represents the share of the settlement she received from Burke.
 SEPTA's policy of aggressively investigating and prosecuting fraudulent claimants combined with the authority's ongoing public awareness campaign have produced a 40 percent reduction in new claims and has resulted in 18 criminal indictments since 1988.
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