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Man pleads guilty to multiple fraud charges in MPI scam

Odometers rolled back, phony accidents staged

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Another man stood up in court this afternoon and admitted his involvement in what’s been described as the largest vehicle-insurance fraud scheme in the province’s history.

Lamont Sesay, 32, pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud.

The scheme involved up to 40 individuals between 2005 and 2009.

High-end and luxury cars were brought in from Ontario, where their odometers would be rolled back and then sales arranged to individuals who participated in staging phony accidents and thefts – all in a bid to secure insurance claims.

Manitoba Public Insurance claimed to have lost more than $800,000 to the scheme.

Of the people originally arrested in 2009 following a lengthy investigation, only five remain before the courts.

Sesay will be sentenced in the new year. Quincy Adurogboye, 33, and Norman Beardy, 44, recently pleaded guilty to fraud offences and will be sentenced Sept. 23.

Charges are still outstanding against Kaela Perry, who will appear in court Sept. 26.

Court was told Sesay will be ordered to make restitution to MPI for more than $60,000; Adurogboye ordered to repay more than $100,000; and Beardy will be ordered to repay $35,000.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

 

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