Benefits fraud in spotlight again

Employees often consider false claims as ‘victimless crimes,’ says expert
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/29/2019
Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto
Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto laid off 150 workers over benefits fraud. Credit: Sarah Dobson

Benefits fraud was in the spotlight recently when 150 workers were let go from a Toronto hospital in July.

A multi-year scam was uncovered at Baycrest Health Sciences, with total financial losses in the millions.

Concerns around alleged misuse arose last year, as the health-care organization was exploring the establishment of an approved provider network for health benefits, says Baycrest senior communications adviser Michelle Petch Gotuzzo.