Former CRA employee charged for embezzling nearly $20,000 in emergency benefits scam

Edmonton, Alberta – The RCMP’s Provincial Financial Crime Team has charged a Yukon resident in relation to fraud, unauthorized access to a computer and accessing confidential information.

CERB Fraud
CERB Fraud

Between April 2020 and January 2021, the accused is alleged to have fraudulently obtained nearly $20,000 from the Government of Canada by claiming the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) while working as a full-time employee of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in Alberta. Following a comprehensive investigation that was initiated after the file was referred to the RCMP by the CRA, a warrant was issued for the individual’s arrest in July 2023.

On Aug. 10, 2023, Melissa Jensen Webb, 39, a resident of Dawson City, Y.T., was arrested and charged with:

Fraud Over $5,000 contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code;

Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 contrary to section 355(a) of the Criminal Code;

Mischief in relation to computer data contrary to section 430(5) of the Criminal Code;

Unauthorized use of computer to commit fraud contrary to section 342.1 of the Criminal Code (x2);

Breach of trust by a public officer contrary to section 122 of the Criminal Code (x2); and,

Offence with respect to confidential information contrary to section 239(2.2)(a) of the Income Tax Act.

Jensen Webb is scheduled to appear in Stony Plain Provincial Court on Sept. 20, 2023.

“The act of accessing and altering data on any internal database is an extreme abuse of one’s position. By manipulating these systems, the accused personally benefitted from fraudulent payments.” Sgt. John Lamming, Provincial Financial Crime Team

The Provincial Financial Crime Team is a specialized unit under the RCMP Federal Policing program that conducts investigations relating to multi-jurisdictional serious fraud, investment scams and local political corruption.

Alberta RCMP

Social Media Sharing Centre
Please support us by "sharing".