Employee defrauded WCB of nearly $800,000

Edmonton woman overpaid claimants, took $117,500 in kickbacks
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/31/2009

A former Alberta Workers' Compensation Board case manager has pleaded guilty to overpaying more than a dozen injured workers to the tune of nearly $800,000.

Sandra Leona Plumite, from the Edmonton suburb of St. Albert, admitted to the Court of Queen's Bench that she falsified workers' files, made large settlement payments without any supporting medical diagnosis or documentation, provided child-care expenses to workers without children and even paid benefits to a man who had died.

The court heard how Plumite deceived her employer from the beginning. She padded her resumé to get the WCB job, which she held from 2000 to 2003, claiming she had two diplomas from Grant MacEwan College and had worked for a national bank.