07/17/2015 06:10 EDT | Updated 07/17/2016 05:59 EDT

Woman sentenced for defrauding Alberta health benefits provider

RED DEER, Alta. - A woman who admitted she defrauded Alberta's health benefits provider of more than $119,000 has been sentenced to four months in jail.

Donna Nast, who is 41 and from Red Deer, also faces 18 months of probation and must pay back more than $14,000.

Alberta Blue Cross discovered fraudulent claims over three years during an audit of employee coverage at a hog-slaughtering plant.

RCMP investigated and found that more than 100 Olymel workers were encouraged to sign blank claim forms, which were submitted with false receipts.

Investigators alleged Nast and co-accused Noralyn Zadrozny received a significant percentage of each claim payout.

Zadrozny is to go to trial in November of next year.

Examination of hundreds of files between January 2007 and January 2010 showed that most of the false claims were for massages.

(CKGY, The Canadian Press)