Toronto fires 9 employees for benefits fraud

Mayor won't say how many claims or how much money was involved
||Last Updated: 03/16/2009

The City of Toronto has fired nine employees for allegedly submitting fraudulent benefits claims.

The employees had originally been put on paid leave on Feb. 20 and were fired March 2 following an audit by the city's benefits provider Manulife Financial.

Due to the ongoing police investigation, Mayor David Miller wouldn't say how many fraudulent claims had been filed or how much money was involved. He also wouldn't say if the employees had been filing claims for themselves or for others or if the city would try to recoup the money.