Aviva Canada integral in fraud charges, Canada-wide warrant, arrest

Aviva Canada integral in fraud charges, Canada-wide warrant, arrest 
Insurer joins forces with Police, Crown, College of Physicians and IBC to stop 
insurance fraud 
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 
SOURCE: Aviva Canada Inc. 
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CO: Aviva Canada Inc.
ST: Ontario
-0- Apr/02/2013 18:23 GMT
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