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Ontario judge urges legislature to deal with insurance fraud
An Ontario judge has taken the rare approach in a sentencing decision to urge the provincial government to take steps to prevent future instances of insurance fraud.
Ontario Court Justice David S. Rose made the obitur remarks in his written reasons in R. v. Kasotty, released Wednesday. In his decision, Rose imposed a two-year conditional sentence on Vera Kasotty, who pleaded guilty to charges of Fraud Over $5,000 and Arson.
“It is not for a judge of the Ontario Court to recommend changes to the insurance scheme, or the unregulated nature of car towing, which will remedy this problem,” Rose wrote in his decision. “Solving this is the role of the legislature. What I do hope is that the legislature will take this up with the urgency required.”
Even though claims volume has significantly decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of claims flagged for possible fraud investigation remains comparable to pre-pandemic levels, RSA told Canadian Underwriter last week.
“From RSA’s perspective… this indicates [claims] with concerning loss details are at an all-time high, really,” Meagan Maher, SIU (special investigations unit) specialist with Unifund Assurance, said in an interview Thursday. Headquartered in St. John’s, Nfld. and specializing in home and auto insurance, Unifund is owned by The Johnson Corporation, a Canadian holding company controlled by U.K.-based Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group.
Hello CASIU members, well its March and the start of Fraud Prevention Month. While I’m sure our members are well aware of the different types of frauds being committed, I encourage you to be vigilant. Lets keep reporting the frauds and working together to prevent them.
Here are some useful internet sites:
IBC – Vigilance is key in fighting insurance fraud
Tips for consumers this Fraud Prevention Month
Recognize, reject and report fraud
On behalf of your CASIU Board.
Following the developing situation of COVID-19, the Board of Directors of CASIU have decided to cancel the 2020 conference at BMO IFL as a public safety measure.
The health and safety of our speakers, attendees, and staff is paramount and as of today the risks associated with COVID-19 and this type of event outweigh the acceptability of continuing with this conference. Many companies are prohibiting employees from attending group events and organizers are cancelling as a proactive means to prevent the further spread of this virus.
We would like to thank our speakers, staff, and the organizers who worked diligently to put this conference together. CASIU is working on strategies to ensure members continue to receive continuing educational opportunities.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Board of Directors, CASIU