Woman pleads guilty to defrauding EI

Rosie Mullaley
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A St. John's woman has pleased guilty to criminal charges of swindling more than $100,000 from Employment Insurance (EI).

Colleen Esteves appeared in provincial court in St. John's this morning.

Her lawyer Candice Summers told Judge Lois Skanes that Esteves has decided to plead guilty to fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust by a public officer.

Summers requested a pre-sentence report.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18.

The 52-year-old reportedly defrauded Service Canada of the money between January 2006 and August 2010 while she worked in a human resources position.



Organizations: Employment Insurance, Service Canada

Geographic location: St. John's

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Recent comments

  • Brad
    June 22, 2013 - 08:24

    Sorry Kris,theres not enough workers in this world for that.

  • kris
    June 21, 2013 - 22:52

    Now lets get on the ones abusing the welfare system

  • Linda
    June 20, 2013 - 07:58

    Now that you've been caught, was it really worth it....the shame you've brought on yourself and family? Eventually, there are always consequences to our actions and choices.

  • Wanda
    June 19, 2013 - 20:50

    Huge amount of money. Wonder why it took so many years for anyone to realize what was going on.

    • Shane
      August 13, 2013 - 21:09

      It seems like a lot, but over 4 years, a total of $100,000 from a division of the government which is in charge of millions is pretty easy to hide in paperwork.