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ServiceOntario employees charged in relation to theft of hundreds of vehicles

July 29, 2022 Noushin Ziafati - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Police say they’ve charged 28 people in Ontario and Saskatchewan, including several ServiceOntario employees, following an investigation into the fraudulent modification and sale of hundreds of stolen vehicles. In a news release Thursday, Ontario Provincial Police said they began an

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Fraud risk management at B.C.’s $16 billion Site C dam project can improve: auditor

April 27, 2022 by Jason Contant

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s auditor general says Crown-owned BC Hydro can improve its management of potential fraud risks at the $16 billion Site C dam project. Michael Pickup says an audit found the Crown corporation has some elements of fraud

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Top 5 wild and wacky insurance fraud claims

March 22, 2022 by Jason Contant

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) saved approximately $6 million in 2021 from “hundreds of people” attempting to make fraudulent claims, the public insurer reported last week. “SGI’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigates wild and wacky insurance claims, many of which turn

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Capco Canada names new insurance practice lead

February 2, 2022 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Global technology and management consultancy Capco named Ben Kosic as a partner in its Canadian insurance practice. Kosic previously spent eight years as president and CEO of Canadian National Insurance Crime Services (CANATICS), an anti-fraud consortium representing eight of Canada’s

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Public auto insurer’s Top 5 fraud cases of 2021

January 6, 2022 by Jason Contant

A phony kidnapping and a driver who was travelling nearly three times the speed he reported to investigators were among Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)’s Top 5 auto fraud cases of 2021. Last year, MPI’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) closed nearly

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Here are the latest trends in insurance fraud

December 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

“Re-vinning” of stolen vehicles — where thieves steal a vehicle, put what appears to be a legitimate vehicle identification number (VIN) on the front dash and then sell it to an unsuspecting customer — is increasing as a fraud trend,

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B.C. auditor calls for better fraud risk measures at public sector organizations

November 3, 2021 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Public sector organizations in British Columbia must do more to strengthen their fraud risk assessment and management practices, says auditor general Michael Pickup. A survey of 140 public sector organizations, including ministries, Crown corporations and post-secondary institutions, found

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How to prevent auto insurance fraud

October 12, 2021 Brooke Smith

There are honest drivers on the roads. In fact, a 2021 survey by ValuePenguin indicates that 78% of consumers say they’ve never lied to their auto insurers. However, 8% have “misinformed” their insurers about the drivers in their households, and

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IBC investigative services to be transferred to Équité Association

September 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Investigative Services division is being transferred to a new organization, Équité Association, effective Oct. 1. That transfer has been approved by IBC’s board, IBC announced Monday. Équité Association integrates IBC’s investigative services division with the

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How IBC proposes fighting insurance fraud in the trucking sector

May 31, 2021 by Jason Contant

Provincial governments should implement a database to verify the validity of a trucking carrier’s insurance as one way of helping to identify fraud in the sector, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is recommending. At the time of policy renewals, insurers

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Brokers: pay attention to these insurance fraud ‘red flags’

April 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

If your client is trying to rush the insurance buying process or is not concerned about price, that’s often a red flag that the transaction is fraudulent, RSA told Canadian Underwriter recently. “We know the majority of customers aren’t looking

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Number of suspicious claims “at an all-time” high during COVID: RSA

April 6, 2021 by Jason Contant

Even though claims volume has significantly decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of claims flagged for possible fraud investigation remains comparable to pre-pandemic levels, RSA told Canadian Underwriter last week. “From RSA’s perspective… this indicates [claims] with concerning loss