Vancouver, British Columbia – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has announced that a man who set fire to his car with the intent of collecting on the insurance will have to repay firefighters for the cost of putting out the blaze.

Thomas James Fergusson of Maple Ridge pleaded guilty to lying to ICBC; in addition to probation and community service, he must pay the Chilliwack Fire Department a total of $960. The payment represents a portion of the estimated $3,000 cost of the department’s time and resources.

“We believe it’s one of the first times an ICBC customer has been ordered to pay restitution to emergency crews,” said Steven Tripp, manager of ICBC’s special Investigation Unit. “It’s a unique penalty and one tailor-made for the offence.”

March is National Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, and ICBC is marking it by helping customers and the public to recognize, report and stop fraud. Customers are encouraged to report suspicious, exaggerated or fraudulent claims to ICBC’s fraud tips line at 604-661-6844 or 1-800-661-6844.

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