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Randolph Woman Pleads Guilty To Stealing Workers Comp Benefits

A Randolph woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $3,000 in workers’ compensation benefits after she allegedly forged her late father’s name in order to cash the checks.

Bonnie S. Slater, 60, pleaded guilty to third-degree forgery and petit larceny in Cattaraugus County Court before Judge Ronald Ploetz. She is scheduled to return Nov. 16 for sentencing.

The New York Inspector General’s investigation found that Slater’s father, Alan Slater, passed away on Aug. 29, 2017. However, Slater is reported to have obtained, endorsed and then cashed six workers’ compensation benefit checks intended for her father from September through November 2017. All checks were issued in the amount of $510.88 and cashed after his death at a local supermarket. In total, Slater defrauded the workers’ compensation system by stealing $3,065.28 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

“This individual forged her deceased father’s signature to illegally obtain workers’ compensation benefits and she will now be held accountable for her actions,” Inspector General Tagliafierro said. “I thank our law enforcement partners in Cattaraugus County for their work on this matter.”

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