Ontario constable convicted in auto insurance fraud scheme

Carlton Watson was charged with 45 counts of fraud, obstruction of justice and breach of trust

Peel Regional Police say a constable convicted in an auto insurance fraud scheme was sentenced today to five years in prison.

Police say 45-year-old Carlton Watson was arrested in April 2011 following a five-month investigation into a series of suspicious motor vehicle collisions that occurred in 2010.

Watson was charged with 45 counts of fraud, obstruction of justice and breach of trust and convicted after a lengthy trial of 42 counts.

A statement from the force says that as a result of the prison sentence, Watson has been suspended without pay and Chief Jennifer Evans will be seeking his dismissal.

“This sentence reinforces what we have been saying–that auto insurance fraud in Ontario is a multi-million dollar business,” Rick Dubin, vice president of investigative services at the IBC, said in a statement. “And when someone makes a false or exaggerated claim, honest consumers pay considerably more than they should for insurance.”

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