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10 TTC employees face charges in health benefit fraud case

Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm EDT

A TTC subway sign.

Ten current or former TTC employees are facing criminal charges in connection with what’s being called a multi-million dollar insurance scheme.

The charges were annonced Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation by Toronto police and the TTC that started back in 2014.

The transit agency says 150 employees have either been fired, retired or resigned in order to avoid being dismissed since the investigation began.

All 10 people charged face one count of fraud over $5,000.

The TTC says of the 10 people charged, nine are former employees while one remains an employee on medical leave.

Police allege a Toronto orthotics store Healthy Fit provided fraudulent receipts and invoices to the TTC’s insurance provider at the time, Manulife Financial, totalling more than $5-million. The insurance payouts where then allegedly shared with TTC employees.

Health Fit was also the same establishment at the centre of a fraud investigation involving City of Toronto employees that resulted in $96,000 in false claims being made.

Adam Smith of Mississauga, the owner of Healthy Fit, faces four charges including two counts of fraud over $5,000.

Savath Nget of Toronto, an employee of Healthy Fit, faces two charges including fraud over $5,000.