Two BC men have been ordered to pay $40,000 after they were found to have staged a car crash in an attempt to defraud ICBC and receive a cash payout from the public auto insurer.
According to court documents, released this past week, the investigation began after Yasir Khayyoo drove his vehicle into the back of another car owned by Basim Mansur in August of 2013.
It was the third crash in a period of months, and drew the suspicion of ICBC due to the nature of – and connections between – the incidents.
ICBC initially filed a lawsuit 13 defendants were involved in making fraudulent insurance claims in the three separate accidents, court documents state.
This action by ICBC was in relation to what the corporation claimed “were false personal injury and property damage claims by the drivers and passengers in three motor vehicle collisions in Surrey.”
These collisions happened on May 29, 2010, one on August 11, 2013, and one on August 17, that same year, according to the court documents.
In his ruling, Justice Michael Brundrett dismissed ICBC’s claims of civil fraud against the defendants in both the first and second collision.
In the case of the third collision, in which Mansur’s blue 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera convertible was struck from behind by Khayyoo’s green 2006 Chevrolet Uplander van.
Mansur and Yasir Khayyoo both made personal injury claims to ICBC following the incident.
And while ICBC paid out a net figure of $34,007.72 as a result of this third collision, it also alleged that the collision “was the product of an agreement amongst the occupants of both vehicles to stage a motor vehicle accident for the purpose of making a fraudulent insurance claim,” according to court documents.
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Initially, Khayyoo denied deliberately causing the collision during the first of two court examinations. However, in his second examination, Khayyoo admitted that the collision had in fact, been staged.
“He stated he was new in the country, had just lost his father in June of 2013, and needed money for expenses,” wrote Brundrett. “He met Mr. Mansur who offered to help him make money.”
Khayyoo admitted Mansur came up with a plan to stage an accident and convinced him that it would work.
“Mr. Mansur suggested that Mr. Khayyoo drive behind him,” the court documents state. “Mr. Mansur reportedly told Mr. Khayyoo that he would stop at a traffic light at some point and that Mr. Khayyoo should bump into him. Mr. Mansur allegedly convinced him that this was a viable means of making money.”
Khayyoo told the court he agreed to meet up with Mansur on August 17, 2013, at a Tim Hortons parking lot in Surrey, and followed him with a plan to rear-end him at some point.
After the incident, “Khayyoo had second thoughts about maintaining the ongoing false story to ICBC, Mr. Mansur told him he could not pull out of the plan, he claimed that Mr. Mansur intimidated him.”
Kahyoo ultimately testified that he had made a mistake, that he wanted to own up to his mistake, and that he would pay whatever ICBC wants to charge him as a result.
For his part, Mansur initially denied the collision was staged.
However, Brundrett wrote that he could “not accept” Mansur’s evidence.
“By the time of Collision 3, Mr. Mansur was experienced with the benefits available to him through ICBC injury claims having had multiple accidents in the past,” Brundrett wrote. “I find it reasonably probable that in his enthusiasm to help a fellow immigrant, Mr. Mansur went too far and concocted a plan to stage a car accident to benefit himself and Mr. Khayyoo.”
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