An investigation into allegedly fraudulent insurance claims has resulted in fraud charges, Aviva Canada announced over the weekend, against Toronto legal and health professionals.
Aviva was alerted by a customer who came forward after allegedly being pressured to lie about accident injuries.
In video Aviva subsequently provided Toronto Police Service, a chiropractor and clinic employee from Wellness Centres of Ontario in Toronto are shown explaining to two undercover investigators how they can work together to obtain insurance payouts – despite both investigators stating that they were not hurt.
Also captured on the video is a paralegal from a nearby law firm explaining how the undercover investigator can illegally obtain an insurance payout. The investigator was told he would get a $10,000 insurance settlement in roughly a year; with the law office to keep 30%.
“These so-called professionals are supposed to look out for the best interest of accident victims – and allegedly, this has not been happening,” said Greg Somerville, Aviva Canada President and CEO.
“Fraud costs honest insurance customers approximately $130 each every year in Ontario and we continue to make every effort to stop it.”
The three accused are scheduled to appear in Court on March 17, 2016.