Family members charged with fraud offences after allegedly staging auto collision

Family members charged with fraud offences after allegedly staging auto 
collision 
Aviva Canada reminds drivers of how to identify staged collisions 
TORONTO, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - "It has to stop. Staged collisions are extremely 
dangerous and are costing Ontarians too much," said Greg Dunn, Executive Vice 
President of National Claims for Aviva Canada. 
Aviva Canada is applauding the work of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) after 
they laid charges against four individuals involved in allegedly staging an 
auto accident. The purported collision in the city's west end resulted in over 
$45,000 in claims costs to two automobile insurers. 
It is alleged that in January 2012, four individuals participated in a staged 
auto collision between two vehicles at the intersection of Dixon Road and 
Martin Grove Road in Toronto. After illegal activity was suspected, the 
insurers involved in the claim, Aviva Canada and The Dominion of Canada 
General Insurance Company, retained engineers to reconstruct the reported 
accident and determined that one of the vehicles had apparently deliberately 
rammed the other multiple times. 
The vehicle insured by Aviva contained two occupants who both had medical 
treatment costs submitted on their behalf by a west end Toronto clinic. 
Evidence collected during the investigation revealed that the vehicle 
occupants were asked to sign multiple treatment plans by employees at the 
clinic. The investigation into the clinic involvement continues. 
Charged by TPS are: 


    --  Driver in vehicle number one, Rakio Shire, with public
        mischief, fraud over $5,000, uttering a forged document and
        conspiracy to commit an indictable offence;
    --  Passenger in vehicle number one, Ramla Shire, with attempted
        fraud under $5,000, uttering a forged document and conspiracy
        to commit an indictable offence;
    --  Driver in vehicle number two, Sheeraz Qureshi, with public
        mischief, fraud over $5,000, uttering a forged document and
        conspiracy to commit an indictable offence; and
    --  Passenger in vehicle number two, Justin Wansbrough, with
        attempted fraud under $5,000, uttering a forged document and
        conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Aviva Canada has submitted an official complaint with the College of 
Chiropractors of Ontario against the chiropractor employed at the west end 
rehabilitation clinic.

Aviva Canada wants to warn all drivers that staged collisions do not only 
involve willing participants. These types of collisions also involve 
unsuspecting drivers that are either purposefully hit or deliberately put in 
scenarios where collisions are inevitable or more likely.

If you suspect that you have been in, or affected by, a staged vehicle 
accident, contact your insurance broker, insurer or the Insurance Bureau of 
Canada (IBC) immediately. IBC has a dedicated phone line: 1-877-IBC-TIPS or 
you can visit ibc.ca for more information.

What to look for in a staged collision
    --  Being driven into after being waved on by a driver
    --  Immediate stop or sharp breaking ahead of your vehicle for no
        apparent reason
    --  Staged accidents usually involve older, salvaged or sometimes
        rental vehicles
    --  To maximize the amount that can be claimed in medical treatment
        costs, vehicles involved in staged accidents usually will
        contain multiple passengers.
    --  Staged collisions often involve immediate claims of soft tissue
        injury such as whiplash by most or all vehicle occupants.
    --  Those knowingly participating in staged accidents usually
        discourage others to call police to attend the scene of the
        collision.

"Putting others in unnecessary danger or bilking an insurance system that 
millions of Ontarians support is illegal, abusive and reckless," continued 
Dunn. "We have committed to curbing insurance fraud to protect everyone that 
supports this valuable system."

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. The impact of Insurance fraud in 
Canada is estimated at over $1.6 billion dollars annually.

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 
glenn_cooper@avivacanada.com

SOURCE: Aviva Canada Inc.

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CO: Aviva Canada Inc.
ST: Ontario
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