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
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
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
www.fsco.gov.on.ca/TipNow 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 AvivaCanada.com, our blog or our Twitter, Facebook
and LinkedIn pages.
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