ICBC’s Top 5 frauds of ’08 - Metro US

ICBC’s Top 5 frauds of ’08

A bribe, an allegedly stolen motorcycle and a staged accident ring are among the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) Top 5 frauds of 2008. ICBC also announced yesterday that fraud exaggeration cost each of its 3.1 million customers an estimated $100 to $150 a year.

Last year’s top scams:

  1. In September 2008 a court awarded ICBC more than $369,000 after 22 people worked together to set up 12 intentional crashes dating back to 1995.
  2. A Vancouver woman who failed her written and driving test three times each put two $100 bills on her driver instructor’s seat, claiming it was a “tip,” not a bribe.
  3. An Abbotsford man reported his motorcycle stolen but investigators discovered that the motorcycle had actually been abandoned weeks before the alleged theft.
  4. A man claimed he was unable to work or drive due to injuries he received during an accident, but a surveillance tape not only showed that he was working and driving but also lifting heavy boxes and equipment.
  5. A young man from Kelowna admitted that he crashed his grandmother’s car after first claiming it was a hit-and-run.

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