Automobile Insurance Fraud… it worth it?

In recent years in Ontario, especially in the Greater Toronto Area, millions of dollars in fraudulent automobile insurance claims have been burdening insurance companies. Car accidents being faked and staged and medical assessments being overlooked for their quality. Well the Ontario provincial government has had enough and are now against shady rehab clinics and assessment centres.

A perfect example of this involves a North York Rehabilitation centre, who was convicted and fined for producing fake invoices for services not completed to a automobile insurance company. On March -3, 2014, they were fined $75,000 and to which they plead guilty to.

Not only did the clinic get convicted, but a principal of North York Health and Rehabilitation, Jeyakanthan Thivendran who didn’t take the proper precautions to protect the company by distributing insurance claim forms to companies not following the insurance act and regulations. He was fined $5,000.

Our very own Premier, Kathleen Wynne, is putting her foot down as she intends to undergo a investigation to fight fraud and lower insurance rates. One way she is planning on doing this is by giving the Financial Services Commission of Ontario the power to require insurers to file for new rates. Wynne also mentioned that FSCO has an anti-fraud hotline as a way to reduce fraud.

Overall, I think that Ontario has its fair share of fraud in the automobile industry, but many measures and steps of positivity are being taken and that is all we as the citizens can hope for.


Tamir Salomon is a Paralegal student at Centennial College in Toronto studying professional communications with Omar Ha-Redeye.

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