OPP Mobility Aid Fraud Charges in Toronto Area AUG 24, 2016

OPP Mobility Aid Fraud Charges in Toronto Area AUG 24, 2016

CHARGED FOLLOWING ASSISTIVE DEVICES INVESTIGATION 2016-08-24

FROM/DE:    Anti-Rackets Branch                                       DATE: August 24, 2016

Health Fraud Investigation Unit

OWNER AND TWO STAFF MEMBERS CHARGED FOLLOWING ASSISTIVE DEVICES INVESTIGATION

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch, Health Fraud Investigation Unit have charged an assistive devices business owner and two staff members following a lengthy investigation.

Police received a complaint from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Assistive Devices Program (ADP) in 2014 regarding a Registered Vendor of Mobility Aids and ADP Registered Authorizers of Mobility Devices. The ADP believes that the vendor (owner) and authorizers were working together to prescribe and supply mobility aids to clients who did not meet ADP eligibility criteria.  The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care estimates the value of this fraud to be in excess of $227,000.

Charged are:

  • Faisal MINHAS, aged 45 years of Brampton, with Fraud Over $5,000 and Submit a Forged Document;
  • Vajira WIJEKOON, aged 56 years of Mississauga, with Fraud Over $5,000 and Cause or Attempt to use a Forged Document; and,
  • Vinita TANDON, aged 41 years of Brampton, with Fraud Over $5,000 and Cause or Attempt to use a Forged Document.

All three accused are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on September 23, 2016.

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