Former DOTPF employee guilty of fraud

An Alaska Superior Court jury has convicted a former state weigh station operator of multiple criminal charges related to workers’ compensation fraud.

Scott Groom was found guilty of one felony count of scheme to defraud, two felony counts of theft in the second degree, and 34 felony counts of falsification of business records and an aggravating factor related to massage therapy he was shown to have never received.

Groom had settled a workers’ comp claim with the state in 2008 for an injury incurred in 1999, while he was employed by the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

He allegedly began receiving massage treatment in Wisconsin in 2002 from Laurayne Fischer, and submitted claims for services not performed, plus fraudulent mileage reimbursement claims related to the alleged treatments.

Fischer pled guilty in February to two counts of theft in the second degree and testified against Groom at Trial. Terms of her plea agreement require her to pay $20,391.46 in restitution to the state.

Groom is to be sentenced on Sept. 11.