Lawsuit by ex-medical examiner in Alberta alleges security gaps, missing guns

EDMONTON — Alberta’s former chief medical examiner says the coroner computer system is so flawed, staff can go in and change a cause of death without a trace.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s former chief medical examiner says the coroner computer system is so flawed, staff can go in and change a cause of death without a trace.

Anny Sauvageau also says that people with criminal records are allowed to transport bodies from crime scenes, giving them control over a critical legal chain of evidence.

The allegations are made in a new court filing by Sauvageau, who is suing the province after her contract was not renewed late last year.

She says she was let go because she raised concerns over how the province handles forensic examinations.

She says that in 2011 she inherited a profoundly dysfunctional office with so little oversight, guns from crime scenes were disappearing, and one staffer even took a firearm home.

The province says Sauvageau was not rehired because she had overstepped her bounds of authority and was not getting along well with others.

The allegations have not been proven in court.