Aviva Canada integral in fraud charges, Canada-wide warrant, arrest
Insurer joins forces with Police, Crown, College of Physicians and IBC to stop
TORONTO, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - With the public, media and government
increasingly aware of the role fraud plays in the cost of auto insurance ,
Aviva Canada, one of Canada's leading providers of home, auto, leisure and
business insurance, today applauds the announcement of fraud charges against
the owner of a healthcare clinic in Lindsay, Ontario.
Aviva Canada's anti-fraud team's investigation alleged that Mr. Arun Reddy
posed as a physician and illegally treated Aviva Canada policyholders for
injuries they sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
After collaboration between Aviva Canada, the Insurance Bureau of Canada
(IBC), the Toronto Police Service, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and
members of the Crown Attorney's office in Toronto, a Canada-wide arrest
warrant was issued for Mr. Reddy. It is alleged that Mr. Reddy closed his
clinic in Lindsay during the investigation and opened another in Alberta,
where he was arrested on Saturday, March 30 and charged with 15 counts of
fraud and one count of false misrepresentation. During the weekend, Mr. Reddy
remained in custody and was escorted from Alberta to Toronto by Toronto Police
Service detectives to face the charges. Several other insurers have also
joined Aviva Canada as complainants.
"Stopping this type of fraudulent activity early is key," said Greg Dunn,
Executive Vice President, Claims and Customer Service Operations with Aviva
Canada. "It means we prevent illegally-operated clinics not only from taking
money from Canadians through the insurance product, but also from abusing the
trust of everyone who relies on these healthcare providers for their recovery
and to restore their lives."
Building on already strong capabilities, Aviva Canada has stepped up its tough
approach to tackling fraud with more dedicated resources and an investment in
technology that aims to identify fraud and even anticipate the potential for
fraud before it happens. With an industry-leading anti-fraud team in place,
plus solid public sector and industry collaboration, Aviva is well positioned
to combat fraud better than ever before.
"We are committed to working with the industry and authorities to reduce
insurance fraud and its costs to everyone," Dunn said.
The Toronto Police Service press release on the arrest can be found here.
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance groups in
Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business
insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of
UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 3,000 employees, 25 locations
and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada and its employees invest
in positive change including through the Aviva Community Fund and Eva's
Initiatives, its partner in Aviva's global Street to School program to help
homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential.
For more information visit AvivaCanada.com, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook
and LinkedIn pages.
Media Contact: Glenn Cooper Senior Manager, Public Relations and Social
Media Aviva Canada Inc. Desk: (416) 288-2685, Mobile: (416) 523-3225
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