Vancouver resident attempts to bribe an ICBC driver examiner



    ICBC has a zero tolerance for fraud

    VANCOUVER, March 3 /CNW/ - Hiu Qin Zhang of Vancouver is facing the
consequences of attempting to bribe an ICBC driver examiner. In the spring of
2007, Zhang was charged with offering to bribe a public official, an offence
under the Criminal Code of Canada, Section 121(1). She recently attended
Vancouver Provincial Court and pleaded guilty to the offence. She was
sentenced to nine months' conditional house arrest
    "ICBC is committed to protecting the integrity of BC's driver licensing
system. We take all types of fraud very seriously with our zero tolerance
approach," said Steve Tripp, manager of ICBC's Special Investigation Unit.
    Zhang attended ICBC's Point Grey Driver Service Centre on January 15,
2007 to take her Class 7 road test. Prior to leaving the parking lot for the
driving portion of the test, Zhang placed two $100 bills on the driver
examiner's seat. The examiner promptly terminated the test and directed Zhang
back into the Driver Service Centre.
    On March 5, 2007, ICBC's Special Investigation Unit took a voluntary
statement from Zhang. According to her statement, Zhang had offered the driver
examiner a 'tip' to help ensure she passed the exam.
    "ICBC works to ensure the right drivers are on BC's roads with safe and
secure drivers' licences. Our staff are well-trained professionals who ensure
only those qualified to drive are granted licences. We want to keep everyone
on our roads safe," said Mark Withenshaw, ICBC vice-president of Driver
Services.
    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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