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More than 100 TTC employees fired over benefits fraud

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Yasmin Aboelsaud Apr 04, 2017 8:04 am 3,794

Over 100 employees have been fired or resigned as Toronto Police Service continues to investigate alleged benefit fraud within the TTC.

The TTC announced the news today, but the investigation began back in July 2015, when police laid criminal charges against the owner of Healthy Fit, a health care products and service provider that TTC employees frequented.

“It is alleged that receipts were provided to employees by Healthy Fit for claim reimbursement where no product or service, e.g. orthotics, compression stockings and sleeves, was obtained, or where receipt amounts were inflated,” stated a TTC press release.

The TTC also alleged that Healthy Fit and the employee making the improper or fraudulent claim would then share the money paid out by the TTC’s insurer at the time, Manulife Financial.

The Toronto Transit Commission has since changed its insurer to Green Shield, following a public procurement process.

As the investigation continues, the TTC said that where evidence shows the benefits plan was defrauded, the employee is dismissed, and others have resigned to avoid dismissal.

To date, 82 employees have been fired and more than 20 have resigned or retired to avoid firing, and the TTC expects these numbers to grow.

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Yasmin Aboelsaud
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