More charges brought against GTA rehab clinics

FSCO charges 5 clinics and 10 affiliated directors with submitting fraudulent invoices

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has brought charges against five medical clinics and 10 people associated with them under Ontario’s Insurance Act for filing fraudulent invoices to insurers. The charges came on the same day a stiff three-and-a-half-year prison sentence was handed down to a Toronto man on a host of charges related to a staged collision ring.

FSCO charged the following clinics with one count each of knowingly making false or misleading statements to an auto insurer to obtain payment for goods or services provided to an insured and engaging in an unfair or deceptive act or practice:

  • Professional Medexam Management Inc. (2414 Major MacKenzie Drive, Maple ON)
  • Assessment Direct Inc. (2888 Bathurst St., Toronto ON)
  • Century Diagnostics Inc. (37 Kodiak Crescent, Toronto ON)
  • Evident Diagnostics Inc. (160 East Beaver Creek, Richmond Hill ON)
  • Supermed Rehabilitation Centre Inc. (7777 Kipling Avenue, Woodbridge ON)

Additionally, the following individuals affiliated with a clinic as a director, were also charged with one count each of failing to take reasonable care to prevent the corporation from making false statements to an insurer and from engaging in an unfair or deceptive act or practice:

Mark Zinger
Yan Krivoruk
Alex Smolar
Paul Benchetrit
Pavlo Tsysar
Ivan Terziev
Vladimir Naidenov
Alla Pechenik
Eugene Gurevich
Valeri Znamenski

On May 24, 2012, these individuals and corporations were summonsed to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada reacted swiftly with praise for the charges.

“This is further evidence that Insurance fraud is a serious problem that we all pay for in the form of increased premiums,” said Rick Dubin, vice president of investigative services with IBC in a release.

The IBC has been stepping up its fraud awareness campaign with the release of a new video that outlines the basics of how organized auto insurance fraud takes place, and encouraging people with information about fraud to call its tips line at 1-877-IBC-TIPS.



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