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Randolph Woman Sentenced In Theft Of Workers Comp Benefits

New York State Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro announced the sentencing of a Randolph woman who reportedly stole $3,065.28 in workers’ compensation benefits by forging her late father’s name in order to cash the checks.

Bonnie S. Slater, 60, of Randolph, was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court before Judge Ronald Ploetz to one year in jail after pleading guilty in September to charges of third-degree forgery and petit larceny.

She also was ordered to pay $3,933.78 in restitution and costs.

The Inspector General’s investigation found that Slater’s father, Alan Slater, died Aug. 29, 2017. Slater later obtained and endorsed six workers’ compensation benefit checks intended for her father from September through November 2017. Slater cashed the checks at a local supermarket after Alan Slater’s death. All checks were issued in the amount of $510.88.

In total, Slater defrauded the workers’ compensation system by stealing $3,065.28 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

“By forging her deceased father’s signature on these checks, this individual illegally obtained workers’ compensation benefits,” Inspector General Tagliafierro said. “I thank our law enforcement partners in Cattaraugus County for their work on this matter.”

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