Auto insurer’s secret cameras in sting operation broke law, body shop claims

Auto insurer’s secret cameras in sting operation broke law, body shop claims

May 25, 2018 (Courtesy of CBC.ca) – Can insurance companies secretly plant cameras in a private business in the hope of catching it doing something wrong? That’s the question an Ontario court will deal with next month as it determines whether criminal charges should be laid against five employees of Aviva Canada — and a private investigator the insurance company hired —who secretly recorded what was happening inside 10 Toronto-area businesses. On Wednesday, the owner of one of those businesses —…

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Insurance company investigation uncovers ‘pervasive’ Ontario auto-body shop fraud

Insurance company investigation uncovers ‘pervasive’ Ontario auto-body shop fraud

March 12,2018 (Courtesy of the Canadian Press) – Workers at auto body shops deliberately damaged cars, installed used parts but billed for new ones, or invoiced for phantom repairs, according to an investigation by a Canadian insurer that is calling on government to help in curbing the problem. Aviva Canada found about half the total expenses submitted for repairs to crashed vehicles during its investigation in Ontario were bogus – an amount the company estimates…

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How do the US and Canada differ in the tussle against insurance fraud?

How do the US and Canada differ in the tussle against insurance fraud?

March 6, 2018 (Courtesy of Insurancemag.com) –  Fraudsters will always find a way to cheat the system. All lines of business are vulnerable to the crime, including insurance, and organizations worldwide face the sometimes cumbersome task of continuously fortifying their operations to keep the tricksters at bay. Some countries are more active in their response to insurance fraud than others, according to Dan Gumpright, product manager, Global Insurance Solutions, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. The issue is…

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Donald Cameron seemed like ‘real deal’ before allegedly stealing vehicle, says car salesman

Donald Cameron seemed like ‘real deal’ before allegedly stealing vehicle, says car salesman

Donald Cameron took a car for a test drive on Monday afternoon, and the salesman says he is still waiting for him to come back. It wasn’t the first time the folks at A+ Auto Centre had seen Cameron on their lot, but as the hours ticked by on his test drive, they began to think it would be the last. Cameron, a man with fraud and theft convictions all across Canada, is now charged…

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A not-for-profit helps auto insurers battle fraud with data analytics

A not-for-profit helps auto insurers battle fraud with data analytics

Data analytics is a powerful tool in the fight against fraud, and the Canadian auto insurance industry has a powerful ally in that regard. In an interview with Property Casualty 360°, Chris McKibbin – a partner in the fraud investigation, recovery and enforcement practice group for Blaney McMurtry LLP – said that data analytics can result in efficiency gains across multiple carriers, citing how the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is working with a non-profit…

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Coburg man charged with transportation fraud after police respond to assault call

Coburg man charged with transportation fraud after police respond to assault call

The Cobourg Police Service has charged a man with transportation fraud after responding to an assault which initiating an investigation. On Dec. 24 at approximately 4:40 a.m., officers responded to a residence near the downtown core for a report of an assault. Police located a taxi driver who provided Cobourg police with information about an assault and transportation fraud. Aaron Doyle, 24, was charged with assault and transportation fraud under the Criminal Code, before being released…

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Arrest of Chinese-Canadian businessman sought in fraud and money-laundering case

Arrest of Chinese-Canadian businessman sought in fraud and money-laundering case

A Chinese-Canadian businessman was charged Thursday in connection with an alleged fraud and money-laundering case involving hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of investors in China. Edward Gong, who lives in Toronto’s North York neighbourhood and has established himself as a hotel, television, and health supplements mogul was charged Thursday following a months-long investigation into his affairs, led by the Joint Serious Offences Team of the Ontario Securities Commission. Gong, who also goes by…

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RCMP charged two Brampton residents with defrauding Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada

RCMP charged two Brampton residents with defrauding Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Toronto West Financial Crime Unit, working on a complaint from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada, have charged two individuals with various offences related to overpayment of Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits. The investigation began in December 2016 when the RCMP was alerted by ESDC/Service Canada that a fraud had been committed. The police investigation revealed that…

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New Aviva reports states an extra $2 billion a year added due to rising insurance cost

New Aviva reports states an extra $2 billion a year added due to rising insurance cost

A new report published by Aviva car insurance puts forth the claim that an extra $2 billion a year in added costs due to rising insurance fraud. The study was conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights, using electronic interviews conducted with citizens from all 10 provinces. Conducted within the month of October, 1,502 people were polled for the study and is considered accurate within plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. One…

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St. Catharines octogenarian charged with fraud

St. Catharines octogenarian charged with fraud

A St. Catharines, Ont. octogenarian woman and 51-year-old man have each been charged with one count of fraud over $5,000 following a police investigation into alleged insurance fraud. The 83-year-old woman was charged after filing an insurance claim stating that her vehicle had been stolen. Following the claim she received a payout from her insurance company. Police later found allegedly-stolen vehicle in a storage facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Juliette Grove is also facing a public…

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