Alliston, N.S. – Alliston, New Brunswick – I can remember when my dad’s first massage job was just an hour away in the small town of Alliston.
He’d just been back from work in Ottawa, where he’d been working for a big insurance company, and was about to board a plane to take me and my younger sister to see him in Halifax.
As the flight was arriving, I got the impression he had a big smile on his face, but I wasn’t sure what it was.
He told me he was coming for a massage, and after the massage, I felt as though I had to ask.
I was surprised to find out he was the only one, and that he was a professional masseuse.
“No,” I said, “that’s not the kind of guy I’m looking for.”
As a young adult, I knew that my father was a very competitive person, and he was an excellent salesman.
As an adult, however, I had never met him and had no idea how to get in touch with him.
I wanted to know what had happened to the $15k he was billed, so I asked.
My dad was very kind to me and never pressured me to do anything he wanted.
But when I told him I was a lawyer, he told me that was a bad idea.
So what happened?
I went to his office to file a complaint and he told the police.
I was disappointed.
That didn’t stop me from getting in touch.
What did I learn from his story?
Well, I realized he didn’t know me and didn’t want to know me, which was fine because I was young and naive.
I didn’t realize that my dad wasn’t the kind that would go into a lawyer’s office and demand something.
At one point, my dad even offered to send me his $50,000 balance on a credit card, but he was being very generous and wanted to keep it for my sister, my younger brother and me.
The next day, he got a call from the police asking for my identity and I called the number I’d given him.
This was when I found out that my parents had gone to the RCMP.
Police were able to locate the address where he was based in Toronto, and they were able interview him.
He was a big man with a big voice, and the interview went very well.
When the police interviewed him, they asked him how he had managed to have $15K billed to him by the insurance company.
He told them he’d made the mistake of thinking that the insurance companies were going to charge him for his services and instead would pay him a fee for them.
In this way, the insurance had not only billed him, but also had taken money from him.
After they got that out of the way, they took him to court.
While the police were there, my father showed them his balance and it was clear that he had not paid it.
So they started investigating, and as they did, they learned that my mother had also been billed for $15.00 of her father’s services.
Once they had that information, they contacted my mother and told her that my grandmother had also had her bills charged.
My grandmother is a retired school teacher, and she had also used her father as an insurance agent.
She told police she never received any money from her father, and when she told her daughter about it, she told my mother she could no longer afford to pay it.
After they contacted the insurance agent, they gave him a $50.00 credit card statement and he gave my father a $5,000 check.
With that, they closed the investigation and never had any further contact with my father.
However, I wanted my story to be told because it was the first time I’d ever heard about the problem of insurance billing fraud.
There are many things I want to share with you about this story, but the most important thing is that my story is not only my own, but it is the story of someone who has been cheated by the industry.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at 1-800-222-1222.