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ISSUED 04/14/2009FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GENEVA MASONRY SUBCONTRACTOR ARRESTED FOR FRAUD

James W. DeGraff, 49, of North Main Street, Geneva, was arrested Friday for using forged insurance certificates so he could obtain masonry work with a Greene County developer, the New York State Insurance Department reported.

State police at Catskill arrested DeGraff, who did not have valid workers' compensation insurance or general liability insurance coverage for around six employees in his masonry subcontracting business. He was arrested after an investigation by Phil D'Angelo of the Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau, the New York State Insurance Fund and Utica First National Insurance Co.

DeGraff was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, falsifying business records and committing a fraudulent act. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to four years in prison.

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