Phantom Thefts, Injury Top Manitoba Fraud Attempts

After a hit-and-run, a Manitoba man claimed his car was stolen from a hotel, but when police paid a home visit, his vehicle sat in the driveway in plain sight. A case of forgetfulness, or fraud?  It’s the latter, according to Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), which put the case of the “stolen” car at the top of its 2009 fraud list.

The year’s top five fraud attempts cap a year of 3,000 suspicious claims, according to the public insurer, which estimates that its Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has denied claims and recouped benefits worth $30 million over the past three years.

Several other botched fraud attempts follow the case of the “stolen” car. In another case—ranked second—a mother claimed a caregiver allowance to tend to an injured child who no longer lived with her; while a professional driver receiving income replacement payments claimed the third place. She’d claimed she was too injured and traumatized to go back to work, even though she’d continued to work the whole time.

Rounding out the top five: hospital blood samples turned the tables on an injured driver who claimed he’d only had one drink that night –they confirmed otherwise, and he paid a $2,900 fine along with $24,442 in restitution to MPI. In the final case, a Manitoba man collected insurance for a “stolen” truck, which he’d actually given to a friend, who tried to register it two years later, revealing the fraud.

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