Toronto Transit Commission settles benefits fraud lawsuit
Staff , 15 November 2019
The Toronto Transit Commission has settled a 2016 lawsuit against its insurer for the alleged failure to detect a benefits fraud scheme involving orthotics store Healthy Fit Inc. To date, 10 people — nine former TTC employees and Healthy Fit owner Adam Smith — have been convicted in relation to the scheme. More than 250 TTC employees resigned or retired to avoid dismissal, or were dismissed outright, while an additional 14 were disciplined. “While terms of the settlement are confidential, the TTC is pleased to see this matter resolved in a way that allows both companies to move forward with a renewed commitment to preventing benefits fraud and penalizing those who commit it,” the TTC said in a press release.
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TTC suing Manulife for alleged negligence related to benefits fraud scheme
The Canadian Press, 21 September 2017
TORONTO — The Toronto Transit Commission is suing Manulife Financial for alleged negligence in connection with a benefits fraud scheme that first came to light three years ago. To date, 170 TTC employees have been dismissed, retired or have resigned to avoid dismissal, and 10 former employees are facing criminal charges for their part in the alleged fraud. In a statement of claim — filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice — the TTC alleges Manulife Financial did not have appropriate fraud management controls in place nor were there systems in place to detect and analyze unusual trends or patterns that might indicate fraud or abuse.
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TTC suing Manulife for up to $5M over failure to spot employee fraud
NEWS STAFF, 21 September 2017
The TTC is suing Manulife Financial for up to $5 million for failing to spot and stop a large-scale scheme that saw employees allegedly bilk the transit agency with phony benefits claims. An investigation into the allegations of mass fraud are ongoing, but the TTC says so far 170 employees have been fired or resigned. Ten former employees are facing criminal charges in connection with the probe.
The TTC has filed a statement of claim in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against Manulife. (Read full document below.) The claim alleges Manulife, which provided group benefits for the TTC, represented itself as an industry leader in combating fraud and benefits abuse. It also claimed to have systems in place to detect irregularities and weed out employee fraud.
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