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Anita Quansah-Okoe, who claimed £8,000 compensation, was found guilty of fraud but spared jail after this terrible tumble
A woman walks near to a cleaner mopping the floor then takes a quick look around to make sure she's not being watched – before gently lowering herself to the floor.
This hilarious CCTV footage put to bed a bogus compensation claim by the chef who was seeking £8,000 for ‘slipping on a wet floor'.
Anita Quansah-Okoe, who was contracted to work at the House of Commons, is seen walking towards the cleaner and then gently lowering herself onto the ground.
The footage clearly shows her getting down onto her knees before lying down on her stomach and rearranging herself slightly before she calls for help.
Central NewsA House of Commons chef who falsely claimed she had slipped at work was caught out when CCTV footage showed she had slowly lowered herself onto the wet floor.Anita Quansah-Okoe, 52, was working for Caterlink Ltd at Lambeth College, in south London, when she claimed she had hurt herself in a fallSpared jail: Anita Quansah-Okoe was found guilty of fraudQuansah-Okoe, 52, who was working for Caterlink Ltd at Lambeth College, in south London, when she claimed she had hurt herself in a fall, was today spared jail.
She went to A&E on the morning of 3 July 2013 where the doctor found some tenderness over her shoulder and right ankle.
But Quansah-Okoe, who now cooks for Lords and MPs, dropped her £8,000 personal injury claim after insurers were sent CCTV footage clearly showing she had faked the incident.
House of Commons chef who falsely claimed she tripped at work, but was caught on camera lowering herself to the floorClaim: CCTV footage emerged showing her gently lowering herself to the groundAt the Old Bailey today, she was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work in the community and pay £500 towards prosecution costs after being found guilty of fraud.
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Before playing three video clips to the jury during the trial, prosecutor Danny Robinson said: “Ms Quansah-Okoe appears to walk towards an area which is being mopped, pauses, then lowers herself to the floor.
“She didn't slip. That claim she made that day that she had accidentally slipped on a wet floor was dishonest, it was untrue, because she didn't accidentally fall on a wet floor she lowered herself onto the ground.”
After viewing the footage, Zurich insurance contacted Quansah-Okoe's solicitors and invited them to withdraw the claim.
House of Commons chef who falsely claimed she tripped at work, but was caught on camera lowering herself to the floorSprawled: The House of Commons chef claimed she tripped at her previous jobThe matter was passed onto police and Quansah-Okoe was arrested on 24 September 2014.
“She was shown the CCTV, but she maintained she had slipped and injured herself,” the prosecutor added.
Giving evidence in court, Quansah-Okoe insisted she had fallen down because it was slippery and she had injuries as a result, causing her to miss three weeks of work.
“I'm not claiming for the accident, I'm claiming because they have not paid me,” said Quansah-Okoe, who told jurors she has earned £400 for a double-shift working as a chef at the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
The prosecutor suggested: “You didn't slip at all, you just claimed to have fallen over so you could claim.”
The defendant replied: “My mind isn't like that. I just fought to claim my earnings.”
But the jury, who were handed a DVD to watch during their deliberations, found Quansah-Okoe, unanimously guilty of fraud.
House of Commons chef who falsely claimed she tripped at work, but was caught on camera lowering herself to the floorSentenced: She was ordered to do 80 hours community serviceJudge Gerald Gordon QC said: “The reality is that the jury convicted you after a very short period of time, and having watched with them the CCTV of you at the time when you claim to have fallen I am not surprised.
“Faking an accident is all too easy to do and often hard to disprove. That's why the courts have to take a serious view of such cases when it is evident, as it is here.
“You were in the circumstances where you were familiar, arrived at work at the time you knew the floor was being mopped and there were indications that you looked to check this was happening before attempting to perform your fall.”