Winnipeg Auto Insurance News
Auto insurance fraud has an impact of about $50 million every year, costing every MPI ratepayer $50 per year, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) says.
Based on suspicious claims handled by MPI’s Special Investigation Unit, the Crown Corporation releases a list of the five distinctive cases of insurance fraud every year. The suspicious claims were released after MPI examined about 1,600cases and saved over $10 million in false claims.
The number one suspicious claim instance involves a 25-year-old woman and devout of Comic Con who was spotted walking around the Convention Center in Winnipeg for six hours. According to an investigation, the woman embarked on several shopping trips and drove from her rural home to Winnipeg, a two-hour round trip.
However, she was collecting income replacement payments after indicating that she was not able to work due to a motor vehicle collision injuries. She told MPI case manager that she cannot drive for a long period of time and would get dizzy if she walks more than 15 minutes.
An MPI investigation was opened after the information was received through the tips line. Following the investigation, the woman was ordered to repay $34,000 in benefits and her income replacement payments are cancelled.
The second suspicious claim instance involves a woman who claimed that she had given her Dodge Nitro to her son. The son reported that he lost the keys in a house party, but witnesses told a different story.
A witness said they saw a man who deliberately lighted a fire within his Dodge Nitro parked in a ditch. Yet another witness said the same vehicle was recently involved in a hit-and-run crash in Winnipeg. When the witness ran to the crash site, the man asked him not to report to the police.
The young man, who appeared intoxicated drove away quickly in the Nitro, which was later burned in the ditch. When showed the photos, the witness identified the driver. As a result, the woman’s claim was denied and MPI did not pay the $57,000.
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