City of Toronto removes staff alleged to be involved in employee benefits fraud from the workplace



    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto has removed nine employees
that are alleged to have submitted fraudulent claims for benefits under the
City's employee benefits plan from the workplace.
    The City takes very seriously every instance of alleged wrongdoing in the
organization and investigates all such allegations. The City is working
closely with Manulife Financial and the Toronto Police Service has been
informed of the matter.
    Manulife Financial, the City's administrator of employee benefits has
advised the City of alleged wrongdoing involving employee benefits claims made
by nine City staff. Manulife Financial discovered the alleged wrongdoing
through the audit process that it has for City employee benefit claims. The
City of Toronto immediately commenced an investigation which resulted in these
suspensions and Manulife Financial has turned over its evidence to the Toronto
Police Service.
    City employees have a benefits package that is administered under a
service agreement with Manulife Financial. Manulife Financial administers the
benefits on behalf of the City and the City pays for the cost of these
benefits. Manulife has an internal audit system and conducts regular audits.
The City will review this matter with Manulife Financial to ensure that
Manulife continues to have proper monitoring controls over employee benefits.
    These allegations are a great disappointment to the City, however the
vast majority of the City's employees work diligently on behalf of the people
of Toronto, delivering vital services and programs on a 24/7 basis and doing
so with the utmost professionalism, integrity and commitment.
    Where a City employee is involved in a matter where evidence is found to
substantiate an allegation of fraud, the City will take immediate and
appropriate disciplinary action and will do so in this case.

    
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