Canada: Mayor calls for terminations after medication fraud report 

Magnifying glass by John Lester

From the Toronto Star news article: …The mayor’s comments come after a scathing report released Tuesday by auditor Beverly Romeo-Beehler looking into “potentially excessive and unusual drug claims” found widespread problems with claims related to erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs Viagra and Cialis, as well as opioids including the highly addictive painkillers oxycodone and fentanyl. One […]

Canada — Barrie woman among seven arrested after health fraud investigation 

Canadian money by Sara Long

From the Barrie Today news article: Since March 2014, the Health Fraud Investigation Unit has been investigating a complaint from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) Assistive Devices Program (ADP) regarding a registered ADP vendor of mobility aids and several registered authorizers. It is alleged that the vendor and authorizers were […]

Canada–Canada should be prepared for “unprecedented” levels of cyber risk,warns ex-CSIS official 

From the IT World Canada news item: “I’ve never seen it at this velocity and level of complexity in my 30 years in security,” said Ray Boisvert, the president and CEO of I-Sec Integrated Strategies and a senior associate at communications firm Hill & Knowlton Strategies. Boisvert should know. He’s also the former assistant director […]

Canada–Expectant Ontario moms ‘duped’ by 3D ultrasounds to sue 

From the Hamilton Spectator news item: Jennifer Cusimano, one of two expectant mothers who first noticed matching images from BabyView 3D Prenatal Imaging in Pickering, said 43 parents-to-be believe they were given identical photos after getting 3D ultrasounds at the clinic. It began when members of a Facebook group for mothers expecting a baby in […]

Canada — Investigators trawl social media to catch fraud 

Magnifying glass by John Lester

From the Canadian Insurance Top Broker Magazine news item: And those who get caught online aren’t career criminals. Most often, they’re everyday policyholders who file an exaggerated or outright fake personal injury claim to make the most of a broken ankle. “Professionals typically don’t advertise their activities on social media,” says Chris Mathers, president of […]

Results from Our 2015 Annual Survey of Legislation by Jurisdiction 

This report is based on information collected by the Global Health Care Anti-Fraud Association from its members around the world. The survey canvassed our member organizations to assess the state of health care fraud legislation as it stood in 2015. All of the countries reporting said that there is some from of anti-fraud legislation in […]

Canada — IBC congratulates police for laying charges in staged collision investigation in Ontario township 

From the news item: …On Sunday, Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m., YRP were called to a hit-and-run collision in the intersection of Weston Road and Lloydtown-Aurora Road where injuries were reported, police said in the release. When officers arrived, they found a damaged Volvo station wagon in the intersection, with two female occupants that were […]

Canada — Two firefighters sued by union for allegedly misappropriating portions of WSIB awards 

Canadian money by Sara Long

From the news item: The claim says the pair, while helping firefighters’ relatives with occupational disease compensation cases on behalf of the union, convinced families to redirect up to 12 per cent of their settlements to the two men instead of donating the money to the association. The association donations were to be used to […]

Canada — Pierre Dupont, banned for life from dentistry in Quebec, now a foot doc in Ontario 

Get ready for my clinical practice by Ryo FUKAsawa

From the CBC news item: A former dentist whose licence was revoked after a patient stopped breathing in the dental chair and later died is working again in the health-care field despite attempts to block him from practising. A Go Public/Radio-Canada investigation found Pierre Dupont went from disgraced dentist to working foot doctor when he […]

Canada: Fraud cost small businesses $6,200 (each) last year 

Canadian money by Sara Long

From the Small Biz Advisor news item: The most common type of fraud causing a loss for small businesses is fraudulent payments. The most common attempted frauds are email scams and phishing, followed by directory fraud, malicious software and phone scams. Businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors are more likely to experience financial losses […]