A Lake Worth woman tried to file a claim against Target after taking a tumble. But after investigators watched her intentionally take a seat on the floor through surveillance video, she landed in jail, authorities said.
Margaret Dagniewska, 38, told a Target representative that she slipped on a “watery substance” and injured her neck, back, legs and shin at the store at 650 N. Congress Ave., according to a report from the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Fraud Division.
The supposed fall, which happened Oct. 22, 2013, led to Dagniewska’s arrest this week, records show.
An investigator representing Target who watched the surveillance video said, “It was apparent [Dagniewska] simply sat down.”
The day of the incident, a Target employee said she overheard Dagniewska speaking in Dutch on the phone, telling her mother that she sat down, the report said. What Dagniewska perhaps didn’t know is the employee also knew Dutch, the report said.
Paramedics responding to the store declined to take her to the hospital and made her take a private ambulance, causing Dagniewska to leave Target with her mother moments later, the employee told investigators.
An employee who checked the floor where the alleged fall happened said the floor wasn’t wet.
Dagniewska faces the charge of insurance fraud in the Target incident. She was held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.
Authorities said it wasn’t the first time Dagniewska has dealt with fraud allegations.
She also is accused of defrauding the state after not reporting $13,829.65 earned from a job she didn’t report while on welfare, records show. She faces the charge of public aid fraud in that recent case, which also is pending.