If the recent Netflix documentary on the disaster that was Fyre Festival taught us anything, it’s that people are willing to go through extreme (and desperate) measures for a chance to make some money.

But as impressive as orchestrating an entire non-existent “luxury” festival is, a man from New Jersey might have taken the prize for best attempt at a scam ever, after he faked a fall at work to try and get insurance money.

In security footage released by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey, 57-year-old Alexander Goldinsky, who was working as a subcontractor at a Woodbridge company, is seen tossing ice cubes on the ground in the office kitchen before slowly, and very gently, lying down on the floor.

In a statement, authorities 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.

The fraudster was treated at the hospital (for what, we are not really sure), before eventually filing for an insurance claim for a workplace injury.

However, he was arrested January 15 and is now facing fraud charges. He is scheduled to appear in court on 7 February.

While the man's effort is almost impressive, unfortunately for him, his stunt only resulted in severe embarrassment.


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