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Five People Charged in Alleged MPI Frauds

March 3, 2020 10:25 AM | News

Fraud Alert


WINNIPEG — Five people are facing a combined 14 charges related to alleged fraud against Manitoba Public Insurance.

MPI says the charges include making a false statement, fraud over $5,000, and false or misleading claim information.

“Following extensive investigations, these files were forwarded to the provincial prosecution office for review,” said Curtis Wennberg, vice-president, customer service and COO, MPI.

“These charges fall within either the Criminal Code, the MPIC Act or Highway Traffic Act. A conviction of any nature carriers a very serious consequence. A criminal record can affect travelling across the border, employment or business opportunities. Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime and this fraudulent activity affects honest Manitobans through their premiums.”

Those charged aren’t being publicly named, but they range in age from 30 to 55.

MPI recently announced insurance fraud costs the average Manitoba ratepayer about $50 annually. Last year, MPI received a record-high 594 calls to its tips line.