As reported on CBC News, Whirlpool Canada is suing a B.C. contractor over what the appliance giant claims are thousands of invoices filed in association with phony repairs provided to customers who do not exist.
According to a B.C. Supreme Court notice of civil claim, Whirlpool paid more than $4.6 million to companies controlled by Mohinder Singh Sidhu and Kinder Kaur Sidhu to perform six years worth of warranty services for its B.C. Interior customers.
But Whirlpool — which also manufactures and sells Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air and KitchenAid home appliances — claims an audit revealed that many of those claims were fake.
“The claims were made for service and/or repairs in respect of customers that did not exist. The claims were made for service and/or repairs for appliances that do not exist,” the lawsuit says.
“The claims were made for service and/or repairs that were not provided … the claims were made for service and/or repairs on the basis of falsified customer contact information.”
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Vancouver registry, includes a massive binder full of invoices allegedly provided to Whirlpool from three companies, all allegedly owned and operated by the Surrey-based Sidhus.
Their companies — Interior Appliance Service Ltd., Interior Appliance Services (2013) and Anderson’s Appliance Service (2009) — acted as independent contractors for Whirlpool in Kelowna and Vernon.
“(They) would provide warranty service and repairs to Whirlpool customers in their respective regions for Whirlpool products, or products under brands owned by Whirlpool and would submit payment for these services and repairs to Whirlpool,” the claim reads.
“Whirlpool would pay for services rendered … and Whirlpool would reimburse Anderson, Interior and Interior 2013 for parts used in the provision of warranty services.”
Each service claim included details of the service or repairs, the date of the service, the model and serial number of the appliance, the cost of parts and labour and the customers name, address, telephone number and request.
According to the claim, the contractors filed 29,323 service claims.
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