These are always a good read! Every year MPI releases the top 5 insurance frauds that took place in the last 12 months.
Insurance fraud is never a good thing because in the end, the money comes out all insurance payers pockets.
Fraudulent and suspicious claims are handled by Manitoba Public Insurance’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU). As of the end of this November, claims savings are more than $10 million with the SIU closing 1,600 investigations.
Anyone knowing someone who is involved in auto insurance fraud is encouraged to call the Manitoba Public Insurance TIPS Line: 204-985-8477 or toll-free 1-877-985-8477. All calls are anonymous.
No. 5: “A pain in the neck”
A woman opened a bodily injury claim after her vehicle rolled into a ditch after swerving while trying to avoid two deer which were on a rural Manitoba road. It was confirmed the woman sustained a number of injuries, including fractures within her neck region.
The woman claimed she suffered from severe headaches and debilitating neck pain, in addition to being physically unable to care for either herself or children. She was submitting invoices for childcare expenses, in addition to personal care and receiving income replacement payments.
Based on a call to the TIPS Line, MPI launched an extensive investigation into the woman’s actions. Over a period of two weeks she was observed driving her vehicle, shopping for long periods of time, playing VLTs and pushing a double stroller with her two children – contrary to her statements that she was completely bedridden.
As a result of the investigation, the woman’s benefits were terminated, resulting in claims savings of $23,000. The Corporation is also seeking repayment of nearly $10,000 in personal care expenses paid to the woman.
Read the rest of the top 5 below…