Fraud charges lead to guilty plea, over $50,000 in restitution

Aviva Canada applauds joint work of the Ontario Crown Attorney's office, 
Toronto Police Service and Insurance Bureau of Canada 
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - With the public becoming increasingly aware of 
insurance fraud, Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading providers of home, 
auto, leisure and business insurance, today applauds the resolution of fraud 
charges laid earlier this year against the owner of a healthcare clinic in 
Lindsay, Ontario. The guilty plea is the result of the joint efforts of Aviva 
Canada's anti-fraud team, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), the Toronto 
Police Service, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and members of the 
Ontario Crown Attorney's office in Toronto. 
Aviva originally announced the charges in March 2013. 
On Monday, September 16, Arun Reddy attended Ontario Provincial Court in 
Toronto and entered a plea of guilty to Fraud Over $5,000. His sentence was 
suspended and Reddy was ordered on probation for 12 months with the following 

    --  Not apply or make application as a physician anywhere in
        Canada; and
    --  Not submit invoices to insurance companies for services
        rendered of any kind.

Reddy provided restitution payments totaling over $50,000 including $15,490 to 
Aviva Canada and another $36,717 to the IBC to be allocated among eight other 
insurers the accused defrauded.

"Charges, sentencing and restitution are critical in deterring future 
insurance fraud in Canada," said Greg Dunn, Executive Vice President, National 
Claims with Aviva Canada. "We would like to thank the Ontario Crown Attorney's 
office, the Toronto Police Service and the Insurance Bureau of Canada for all 
their work in supporting this action."

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.

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.

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SOURCE  Aviva Canada Inc. 
Media Contact: Glenn Cooper Senior Manager, Public Relations and Social 
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