Arrest in car-insurance fraud scheme

One arrest has been made in connection with an alleged Scarborough criminal organization that is reported to have collected thousands of dollars by orchestrating car collisions in order to make fraudulent claims.

The organization would recruit people to register cars in their name and stage crashes, filing property damage and personal injury claim, police said.

The scheme was carried out between August and November of 2007 and brought in approximately $300,000 worth of claims, police reported.

Const. Tony Vella said the case was brought to light by police “working closely with the Insurance Bureau of Canada.”

The arrest was made on Feb. 4 after police carried out an investigation.

Maamar Saoulel, 39, is facing 11 charges relating to fraud, activities in a criminal organization and dangerous operation of a vehicle.