Woman charged with cashing checks meant for her dead sister


NEW YORK CITY—A Columbia County woman is accused of cashing $5,599 in disability checks mailed to her dead sister, according to a press release from the New York State Insurance Department.
Charged with insurance fraud and falsifying business records, Maryann Wagoner, 33, of Niverville was taken into custody by Schodack State Police June 25 following an investigation by John Toucher of the Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau.
Ms. Wagoner is accused of failing to notify American International Group Insurance Company that her sister died in March 2007.
Ms. Wagoner was her sister’s caregiver and had power of attorney. According to a press release from the insurance fund, she allegedly endorsed and cashed five checks mailed to the sister after her death.
If convicted, Ms. Wagoner faces a sentence of up to seven years in prison.
A hearing will be scheduled in Rensselaer County Court.

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