Man who sought $100K from Walmart faked slip-and-fall at Apopka store, investigation finds

By Mario Tacher on May 09 in Hot Legal Issues.

$100,000 from Walmart for slipping in a puddle at a store in Apopka faces fraud charges after video revealed he faked his fall, according to arrest records.

In an affidavit filed in Orange County circuit court, the state’s Department of Financial Services said Leamon Davis, 23, staged the slip during a May 4, 2017, visit to the Walmart at 1700 S. Orange Blossom Trail.

According to the affidavit, Davis was on camera at 1:51 a.m. when he walked through a small puddle in an aisle at the store.

His foot “slips slightly,” but he doesn’t fall or lose his balance, investigators said. Afterward, Davis, his girlfriend and another man were seen apparently discussing the spill, with Davis pointing at the water and also his knee, the affidavit said.

They walked away, but Davis returned at 1:54 a.m. and walked back through the puddle — leaving smudge marks “to make it appear more noticeable,” the affidavit said — before walking through it a third time.

Seconds later, after spotting a nearby store employee, Davis “is seen gracefully falling to the ground while looking in the direction of the sales associate,” the affidavit said.

Davis soon began piling up medical bills, authorities said: more than $7,800 for treatment by a chiropractor; $2,095 for an examination and injection to treat pain in his right shoulder; and more than $10,500 for five MRIs and two X-rays in May and June 2017.

His bills totaled about $20,562, the affidavit said.

Meanwhile, Davis hired a lawyer with The Law Offices of Dan Newlin to pursue a claim against Walmart, the affidavit states. In a demand letter, the firm said it was seeking $100,000, according to investigators.

The law firm didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

Davis faces two felonies: false and fraudulent insurance claims and scheme to defraud. He was booked into the Orange County Jail on Monday afternoon and has since been released on bail.