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Police officer among those arrested for alleged insurance fraud

Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm EDT

UPDATE (January 7, 2016): On August 29, 2014 the charges against Balraj Thind were withdrawn.

Four men, including a police officer, are charged and an arrest warrant has been issued for another suspect in an alleged $2 million fraud ring involving staged car crashes.

Peel police began investigating three Brampton rehabilitation clinics back in April after receiving tips they were allegedly filing fraudulent insurance claims on behalf of people who, authorities claim, staged vehicle collisions.

Insurance companies paid out an estimated $2 million in fraudulent claims, police said Friday, for things such as homecare, assistive devices, vehicle payouts and benefits.

Three men were charged Tuesday after officers executed search warrants at two Brampton homes. Now police are looking for one outstanding suspect.

Wayne Isaacs, 46, Krishan Arora, 38, and Balraj Thind, 41, are facing several charges, including conspiracy to commit fraud. Police allege Issacs was the ringleader.

Const. Carlton Watson, 49, was charged in April and is currently suspended with pay.

Investigators are still looking for Azhar Hussain, 38.

Anyone with information can call police at (905) 453-2121 ext. 3335 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.