In c5520 transmitted at 15:45e today, an error occured in the third
paragraph. This paragraph should have read: "Mark Livingston, the tow
truck driver who was sentenced today, was found to have intentionally
driven his truck into another vehicle. That vehicle was occupied by a
teenager participating in the staged collision, who suffered a serious
and permanent injury as a result of the incident" and not "Today's
sentencing of Mike Livingston, a tow truck driver who was found to have
intentionally driven his truck into another vehicle which was occupied
by a teenager who was also involved in the staged collision. The
occupant suffered a serious and permanent injury resulting from the
staged collision." Corrected copy follows:
Final Sentencing in Large Toronto Staged Collision Ring
TORONTO, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - A 15 month jail sentence was handed out
today for a tow truck driver - the last to be sentenced in the Project
92 case , a staged collision ring that operated across the Greater
The ring leader in this case, Uthayakanthan Thirunavukkarasu, was
sentenced last May to three and a half years in a Federal Penitentiary.
A restitution order for $375,000 was also issued against Uthayakanthan
Mark Livingston, the tow truck driver who was sentenced today, was found
to have intentionally driven his truck into another vehicle. That
vehicle was occupied by a teenager participating in the staged
collision, who suffered a serious and permanent injury as a result of
"Staged collisions threaten the safety and security of everyone whether
you are an innocent driver or a willing participant," said Rick Dubin,
Vice President of Investigative Services at Insurance Bureau of Canada.
"The Ontario government needs to immediately implement the
recommendations made by the Anti-Fraud Task Force Steering Committee to
address this serious and dangerous problem involving organized crime."
The arrests and sentences in Project 92 are a result of teamwork and
cooperation among Toronto Police Services, Crown prosecutors, Insurance
Bureau of Canada and member insurers.
IBC estimates the impact to the insurance industry from the fraud
flowing from the staged collisions associated with Project 92 could be
as high as $25 million.
Rick Dubin added, "Insurance crime is not victimless. The cost to
everyone is reflected in the health care, emergency services, court and
insurance costs resulting in higher premiums for everyone."
Insurance fraud in general comes in many forms. Often, like in this
case, it's the work of organized groups or gangs. But it can also
involve individuals who see an opportunity to make a few extra dollars
by intentionally exaggerating an otherwise legitimate claim.
Non legitimate or exaggerated claims, staged auto collisions, heath care
provider fraud and other crimes related to insurance can be reported by
calling IBC's anonymous toll-free TIPS Line at 1-877-IBC-TIPS
(422-8477) or submit a tip online at www.ibc.ca under Report Insurance Crime. You can also submit tips to Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. All tips are kept confidential.
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
115,000 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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If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to
discuss the details in this media release.
SOURCE: INSURANCE BUREAU OF CANADA
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