The Insurance Corporation of B.C. has released its top six fraud files for 2015.
Hall of Shame in 2015
- DIRTY DISH DODGER: A man complaining to ICBC that his injuries were so severe after his motor vehicle accident, that he couldn’t help his wife do the dishes. After caught lifting heavy boxes, he was convicted of fraud and fined $1500.00.
- DOUBLE DIPPING: A Vancouver woman involved in a collision was busted for double dipping after a crash because she working and collecting an ICBC cheque. She was convicted, and was also handed down a one-year driving suspension, plus a $1,750.00 fine.
- MOTHER COVER: A Vancouver Island woman said her Audi had been stolen from her place of work, and that her sons were the only people who had access to her vehicle. But they were at home. After investigating, it was found that one of her sons was at the scene of the crash. The mother was fined $2,300.00, and the son received a $1,150.00 fine and a one-year driving suspension. It also turned out the son’s license was suspended at the time of the crash, so he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
- BUSTED BY YOUR OWN CAR: A Fraser Valley man reported his car stolen, and police later found the vehicle burnt to a crisp at a nearby park. The man had claimed he was in bed by 11:30 p.m., and that none of his keys were stolen. The vehicle involved uses a key fob that records each time a key fob is used. Investigators asked if one of the fobs had been stolen, and the man said no. Claim denied!
- BUS-TED!: A bus struck a parked fire truck as it was making a turn around a transit exchange. Once the bus driver ensured all the passengers left the bus safely, and the driver exchanged information with the driver of the fire truck, the driver saw a man waiting for him back at the bus. This man claimed he was on the bus, and had been injured as a result of the collision. The man filed a claim to ICBC for compensation, but security footage revealed he was never near or on the bus when the incident happened. The man was busted for fraud, and spent one night in jail. He also payed a fine.
- DASH CAM DUMMY: A Lower Mainland man claimed that when he was driving, another car veered into his lane and sideswiped his vehicle – and he caught it all on his newly installed dash cam. Including the fact he was riding shotgun and that his car was actually driven by someone else – an unlicensed driver – at the time of the crash. For providing a false statement about who was driving, his claim was denied.
Today is also the launch of ICBC’s anti-fraud campaign, which includes a toll-free line (1-800-661-6844), and a website.