Friday, January 29, 2016

TTC Fires Three More In Alleged Benefits Scam

TORONTO - The TTC has said bye-bye to three more of its employees as part of an internal and criminal investigation into alleged benefits fraud.

The trio's sacking is the latest in a string of firings over the alleged misuse of health benefits.

The TTC began its look into suspected cases of fraud in July after Toronto Police laid criminal charges against the owner and two employees of Healthy Fit, a provider of health care products and services that a handful of TTC employees used and that stands charged with fraudulently billing the TTC and its insurer, Manulife Financial.

Back in October, the TTC let go of a supervisor as part of its investigation. The next month, it fired four employees.

At the time, TTC CEO Andy Byford said they had to take a “tough line” in dealing with the matter.

The TTC had stated that it anticipated “more employees will face discipline” and that it was working with Manulife Financial to enhance its fraud detection and prevention programs.

Healthy Fit is located on Wilson Ave., near Bathurst St.

“It is alleged that receipts were provided to employees by Healthy Fit for claim reimbursement where no product or service was obtained, or where receipt amounts were inflated,” the TTC stated. “It is further alleged that Healthy Fit and the person making the improper or fraudulent claim would then share the money paid out ... by Manulife Financial.”

As of Friday, no criminal charges had been laid against any of the dismissed employees.

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