Three people have been charged in a insurance fraud scheme that reportedly dates back to 2009 involving trucking company owners reporting semi-trucks stolen with the police and their insurance company.
According to a release by the City of Calgary, Calgary Police’s auto theft detectives launched an investigation into Lakha Trucking, LTD., after the detectives noticed an increase if semi-thefts in recent years and that the majority of the trucks reported stolen had not been recovered, which according to police, was considered usual for investigations and could be an indicator of insurance fraud. According to the release, ninety percent of stolen vehicles are recovered.
According to the complaint release, Lakha Trucking had numerous vehicles stolen since 2009. After the investigation, police discovered that each one of the trucks reported stolen were never actually stolen. It alleged the trucking company reported the trucks stolen and then filed claims with its insurance company to receive an insurance payment. The company then removed the semi’s Vehicle Identification Numbers, replacing them with fraudulent VINS and then either sold then stolen trucks to unknowing buyers, or used these very same trucks with fraudulent VIN’s in additional theft, reporting them stolen and collecting additional insurance payments.
Police estimate the men profited over $350,000 as a result of this scam, and believe at least eight trucks were used to complete the fraud.
Three people were arrested and are now facing charges as a result of this fraud.
Lakhbir Singh DHALIWAL, 52, of Calgary is charged with one count each of fraud over $5,000, uttering forged documents, public mischief, trafficking in stolen property and tampering with a motor vehicle VIN. He will next appear in court on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Nasib Kaur DHALIWAL, 52, of Calgary, is charged with one count each of fraud over $5,000 and uttering forged documents. She will next appear in court on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Baltej Singh DHALIWAL, 56, of Calgary is charged with one count each of fraud over $5,000, uttering forged documents and trafficking in stolen property. He will next appear in court on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
“This is a concerning trend for many consumers who are facing high insurance premiums, While a majority of the cases we have investigated centre on high-value commercial vehicles, we know that these types of frauds are also happening with personal vehicles,” said Staff Sergeant Graeme Smiley of the CPS District Support Unit.