A business owner from Mississauga is currently facing serious charges regarding a benefit fraud case that targeted the Toronto Transit Commission and Manulife.
Most of us would trust someone who owns a legitimate business not to do anything that can jeopardize the said business, but this doesn’t seem to be applicable to one Mississauga business owner.
2 Years in the Making
In a case that spans 2 years starting with a police report that was filed in the first month of 2015 when Manulife and TTC submitted a complaint about some alleged false medical claims that were being filed through Health Fit, police found out that the business owner is involved in some shady activities.
The company Health Fit is a Toronto and Mississauga-based business that provides medical services and products. Charges are now ongoing after the police found out some key details after a lengthy investigation.
The 2015 complaint wasn’t an isolated incident. Less than a year ago, in November 2016, a similar complaint was reported by Manulife on behalf of the city of Toronto.
The police that the owner of Healthy Fit, 46-year old Adam Smith from Mississauga, allegedly conspired and counseled with some TTC employees to file a total of about $5 million in claims to insurance provider Manulife. Another Healthy Fit employee is also said to be involved in the fraud.
Police also shared that the fraud involved fake invoices for products and/or services that were never bought or rendered and then the money was split with the customer. The police added that the fraudsters allegedly pulled off the same type of fraud on the City of Toronto.
In the scam that targeted the city of Toronto, several City of Toronto employees allegedly submitted about $96,000 worth of claims to Manulife. The money was then split between the accused and the involved city employees.
Charges Are Filed
As of today, several individuals have been filed with charges on fraud that are connected to the cases above. Smith was charged with several serious charges: conspiracy to commit an indictable offence (or fraud over $5,000), two counts of fraud over $5,000, and money laundering proceeds of a crime. 32 year-old man from Toronto, Savath Nget, a Healthy Fit employee, was also files several charges.
Aside from the above, 10 TTC employees were also charged by the Police. They are Lisa Dixon, 47 year old woman from Toronto, Ahmed Kabba, 58 year old man from Ajax, Douglas Docherty, 47 year old man from Bowmanville, Corey Newell, 48 year old man from Toronto, Alfred Metri, 51 year old man from Pickering, Ishmael Yankson, 40 year old man from Brampton, Novella Williams, 32 year old man from Toronto, Joao Sousa, 45 year old man from Bradford, and Glenn Saunders, 51 year old man from Stouffville.
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