Fraud conviction for man who reported car stolen, sent it to Nigeria

Fraud conviction for man who reported car stolen, sent it to Nigeria 
Aviva Canada collaborates with Durham Regional Police 
TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading 
providers of home, auto, recreational vehicle, group and business insurance, 
is applauding a recent conviction that is another step towards tackling costly 
insurance fraud. 
This past August, a vehicle was reported stolen by an Aviva Canada customer. 
In taking the report for the stolen vehicle, the Aviva Canada adjuster noticed 
inconsistencies in the insured's details and raised concerns with the in-house 
investigative team. 
Working with the Durham Regional Police, Aviva Canada was able to trace the 
path of the vehicle to a shipping container that cleared Canadian customs and 
departed for Nigeria in July. It wasn't until after the vehicle had cleared 
customs that the insured reported the vehicle stolen. 
"Like staged accidents, unrecovered vehicles and staged thefts are becoming a 
bigger problem in Canada," said Greg Dunn, Executive Vice President, National 
Claims with Aviva Canada. "Insurance fraud costs everyone, but through 
continued cooperation with local authorities we can take these costs out of 
the system to help reduce premiums." 
Durham Regional Police charged Desmond Stewart, 55 years old, from Whitby, ON 
with Public Mischief and Fraud over $5,000. Aviva Canada also denied Mr. 
Stewart's claim and cancelled his insurance policy. 
On October 4, Mr. Stewart pleaded guilty to Public Mischief for falsely 
reporting a stolen vehicle. He was ordered to pay $3,450, received one year's 
probation, and is required to complete 100 hours of community service. 
What can consumers do to help fight insurance fraud?
Report it! If enough consumers alert authorities to this type of activity, 
fraudsters will be easier to capture and convict. Canadians that suspect 
insurance fraud can contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada's TIPS line at 
1.877.IBC.TIPS, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario's Fraud Hotline or call 1-855-5TIP-NOW, or Crime Stoppers 
What Aviva Canada is doing to fight fraud?
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, plus solid 
public sector and industry collaboration, Aviva Canada is well positioned to 
combat fraud better than ever before. The impact of Insurance fraud in Canada 
is estimated at more than $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, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook 
and LinkedIn pages.

SOURCE  Aviva Canada Inc. 
Media Contact: Glenn Cooper Senior Manager, Public Relations and Social 
Media Aviva Canada Inc. Desk: (416) 288-2685, Mobile: (416) 523-3225 
To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: 
CO: Aviva Canada Inc.
ST: Ontario
-0- Oct/10/2013 13:30 GMT
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.