WINNIPEG — Manitoba Public Insurance says it has recently seen an increase in fraudulent activity among ratepayers, but its investigators are working to quash potentially bogus claims.
“As a result, MPI watchdogs are initiating more investigations and using new investigative tools that are anticipated to save Autopac ratepayers upwards of $8 million this year, compared to $6.5 million in 2017,” the Crown corporation said in a release.
MPI says a Hadashville man recently was ordered to repay $35,056 in insurance benefits after pleading guilty to making a false statement. He claimed he was unable to work due to injuries after an auto crash, but was found to be working full-time doing construction, including working on his cottage and boathouse while collecting income replacement benefits from MPI.
He was also fined $1,000 plus court costs of $450, given a three-year supervised probation order and must complete 50 hours of community service work.
“Fraud is a concern for all insurance companies and Manitoba Public Insurance is no exception,” said Curtis Wennberg, vice-president customer service and COO, Manitoba Public Insurance.
“While some may see fraud as a ‘victimless crime’, the reality is that auto insurance fraud costs every single ratepayer; which makes every honest MPI customer a victim. This is why we’re reaching out to all Manitobans to help stop auto insurance fraud by reporting information confidentially and anonymously to the Manitoba Public Insurance TIPS line.”
Anyone who suspects auto insurance fraud can call the MPI tips line at (204) 985-8477 or 1-877-985-8477.