TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada's
Vice-President, Investigative Services, Rick Dubin today congratulated
York Regional Police for slicing off "another major tentacle of
Investigators with the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit, in
partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency and the Ontario
Ministry of Transportation, have arrested 14 suspects and laid 145
charges following a lengthy investigation into a multi-million dollar
The members of the ring allegedly defrauded financial institutions,
corporations, government agencies and insurance companies by using
legitimate government identification obtained with forged foreign
Police say the fraudsters opened bank accounts under false names and
staged as many as 100 car crashes to defraud the property and casualty
"Organized insurance fraud is big business in Ontario and, specifically,
the GTA," said Dubin. "And their crimes drive up the cost of insurance
Earlier this year, the Ontario government established the Auto Insurance
Anti-Fraud Task Force to examine the problem and make recommendations.
IBC applauds the initiative.
If anyone suspects an insurance crime, they should phone IBC's
anonymous, 24-hour TIPS line toll-free at 1-877-IBC-TIPS (422-8477).
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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website at www.ibc.ca.
SOURCE INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
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