10 TTC employees charged in connection to multimillion-dollar benefits scam

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Ten Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employees have been charged in connection to a multi-million dollar benefits fraud scam, Toronto police say.

The charges come after the transit agency and Manulife Insurance filed a complaint in January 2015 alleging some employees submitted false medical claims through Healthy Fit, a business that provides orthotics, braces and other medical devices.

Police allege the owner of Healthy Fit, 46-year-old Mississauga man Adam Smith, and another employee, “counselled and conspired with” multiple TTC employees, who submitted over $5 million in claims to Manulife.

Smith now faces multiple charges including two counts of fraud over $5,000, conspiracy to commit the indictable offence of fraud over $5,000 and laundering the proceeds of crime.

An employee at the business is charged with fraud over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit the indictable offence of fraud over $5,000.

The ten TTC employees, including 40-year-old Toronto woman Lisa Dixon, 47-year-old Bowmanville man Douglas Docherty, 58-year-old Ajax man Ahmed Kabba, 51-year-old Pickering man Alfred Metri, 48-year-old Toronto man Corey Newell, 51-year-old Stouffville man Glenn Saunders, 45-year-old Bradford man Joao Sousa, 32-year-old Toronto man Novella Williams and 40-year-old Brampton man Ishmael Yankson, appeared in court last week.

Read more at CBC News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.