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 $13 million with the SIU closing nearly 1,000 suspicious 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 “Never Know Who’s Watching”
After being involved in a crash, the Winnipeg man claimed he was too traumatized to drive and even had trouble being a passenger. Combined with a number of physical injuries, the man could not resume his job as a real estate agent and began receiving Income Replacement benefits.
As time moved on, several irregularities began to surface for the MPI case manager, who then moved the file to MPI’s SIU. The subsequent investigation, which involved surveillance, revealed that the man had returned to his job as a real estate agent ─ regularly showing houses to clients, dealing with contractors on various renovation sites and driving to all parts of the city; showing no signs of distress.
On one occasion, the case manager called the man, who whispered over the phone he couldn’t speak because he was at the doctor’s office. During this conversation, the man was in fact showing a house with clients, while also being observed by investigators.
With all this evidence in hand, the claim was denied. Total claims savings to MPI was nearly $110,000.
Read the rest of the top 5 below…