Man faces charges for allegedly impersonating doctor

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Shawn Jeffords QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

TORONTO -- A 31-year-old man faces 15 fraud-related charges after he allegedly impersonated a doctor and billed insurance companies for tens of thousands of dollars.

Toronto Police allege the Alberta man, who owned and operated Lindsay Medical Laser Therapy in Lindsay, Ont., defrauded eight private insurance companies of $43,000 between March 2011 and August 2011, and attempted to steal an additional $88,000.

He was allegedly providing laser therapy to patients who had suffered serious injuries in car accidents.

Glenn Cooper, spokesman for Aviva Canada, one of the insurance companies allegedly defrauded, said their front-line adjusters and investigators noticed “peculiarities” about the man’s claims. They worked with the Insurance Bureau of Canada before turning the complaint over to police in January.

Cooper said that when the unusual filings were discovered the man closed his practice and moved to Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., setting up shop again. Investigators tracked him down and turned that information over to police, who then issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.


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