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Kermitt J. Brooks    Acting Superintendent of Insurance    25 Beaver Street  New York, N.Y. 10004

ISSUED 7/06/2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CASHING DEAD SISTER’S CHECKS

A Columbia County woman was arrested June 25 for cashing $5,599 in disability checks mailed to her sister who died more than two years ago, the New York State Insurance Department reported.

Maryann Wagoner, 33, of Old Maple Lane, Niverville, was arrested by state police at Schodack following an investigation by John Toucher of the Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau.

Wagoner is accused of failing to notify American International Group Insurance Co. that her sister had died in March 2007. Wagoner, who was her sister’s caregiver and had power of attorney, endorsed and cashed five checks mailed to the sister after her death.

Wagoner was charged with insurance fraud and falsifying business records. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

A hearing will be scheduled in Rensselaer County Court.

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