Ucluelet man attempts to defraud ICBC



    ICBC has a zero tolerance for fraud

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - John Christopher Majore of Ucluelet is facing
the consequences of attempting to defraud ICBC. He recently appeared in Port
Alberni Provincial Court, where he pleaded guilty to fraud, an offence under
Section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. He was sentenced to 100
hours community service and two years probation. ICBC has also denied his
stolen vehicle claim.
    "ICBC has a zero tolerance policy for fraud," said Steve Tripp, ICBC
manager Special Investigation Unit. "By combating fraud, ICBC hopes to deter
others and recover fraudulent payments, which help to keep rates low and
stable for our customers."
    On September 15, 2005 Majore purchased insurance for his 1999 Jeep
Cherokee. The following day, he reported to police that the Jeep had been
stolen. According to the statement he provided ICBC, Majore parked his Jeep on
Toquart Bay Road on Friday September 16, 2005 at 11:30 a.m., while he and his
girlfriend went into the bush to pick wild mushrooms. They returned
approximately six hours later, and discovered the Jeep was gone. The couple
decided to hitchhike to Ucluelet to sell their mushrooms and report the theft
of the Jeep to the RCMP.
    On October 6, 2005, Majore's Jeep was involved in a crash in Ontario.
While investigating the crash, the Ontario Provincial Police quickly uncovered
the vehicle had been reported stolen in B.C. They questioned the vehicle
driver, Robert Broatch, who told police that the vehicle was not stolen but
that the owner of the vehicle, Majore, needed money and had given him the Jeep
to get rid of.
    Majore confessed to ICBC and police that he had tried to get rid of the
vehicle so that he could report it stolen and make a false claim. Majore was
charged with fraud and had his ICBC claim denied.
    Broatch, the driver of the vehicle, was convicted in Ontario Provincial
Court of possession of property obtained by crime, Section 354 of the Criminal
Code of Canada; dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Section 249 of the
Criminal Code of Canada; and failure to stop at the scene of an accident,
Section 252 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Broatch received an eight month
conditional sentence, followed by 12 months probation and is prohibited from
driving for two years.
    "Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime, it affects everyone's
insurance rates," said Tripp. "That's why we invest in more fraud prevention
and investigation than most property and casualty insurance companies in
Canada."
    Customers are encouraged to do their part to help fight fraud by
reporting suspicious, exaggerated or fraudulent claims. Information provided
to ICBC's fraud tips line (604-661-6844 or 1-800-661-6844) is confidential and
callers can remain anonymous.





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