Trio charged in insurance fraud case

(From left) Charles Loo Boon Ann, Mike Chew Jun Yong and Priscilla Tien Ling allegedly cheated Manulife Singapore of over $14,000 by submitting bogus personal accident claims for 12 people covered by the insurer.
(From left) Charles Loo Boon Ann, Mike Chew Jun Yong and Priscilla Tien Ling allegedly cheated Manulife Singapore of over $14,000 by submitting bogus personal accident claims for 12 people covered by the insurer.ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW

Chiropractor, 2 agents linked to $14,000 in fake claims to Manulife

A chiropractor was taken to court yesterday after he allegedly worked with two insurance agents to cheat Manulife Singapore of more than $14,000 by submitting bogus personal accident claims for 12 people covered by the insurer.

Charles Loo Boon Ann, 29, shareholder of Chiropractic Focus Group, is accused of committing the offences with Priscilla Tien Ling, 27, and Mike Chew Jun Yong, 36.

Loo was charged with 17 counts of cheating while Tien faces 12 charges for similar offences. Chew was handed nine cheating charges.

A search on the General Insurance Association Of Singapore's website revealed that Chew is still a general and life insurance agent, currently linked to Liberty Insurance.

Information on Tien was not found on the portal.

The trio allegedly committed their offences between June 2017 and April last year.

Manulife Singapore is said to have been duped into delivering the monies to the 12 insurance policyholders.

They allegedly received between $200 and $1,200 each.

Tien's cases allegedly involved nine policyholders who received more than $8,000 in all.

Five policyholders linked to Chew are said to have received about $7,000 in total.

It was not mentioned in court yesterday if action will be taken against the 12 policyholders.

In a statement on Monday, the police said the trio allegedly cheated the insurance firm through false personal accident claims for treatments at Loo's clinics in Tampines and Tanjong Pagar.

The police added that investigations showed "the trio were believed to have conspired with one another to instigate patients receiving treatment for pre-existing medical conditions at the chiropractor's clinics to purchase personal accident insurance policies".

"The patients could then make false personal accident claims against the insurance policies, for injuries purportedly sustained after they bought the policies, in order to receive payout from the insurance company for their chiropractic treatment," the police said.

Yesterday, the trio were each offered bail of $15,000 and they will be back in court on Feb 19.

For each count of cheating, offenders can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2019, with the headline 'Trio charged in insurance fraud case'. Print Edition | Subscribe