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

ISSUED 7/23/2009FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STEUBEN COUNTY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER FORGING LETTER

A Steuben County woman who used her home computer to create a phony doctor's letter in an unsuccessful attempt to get a $2,200 disability payment was arrested July 15, the New York State Insurance Department reported.

Nicole K. Woodworth, 20, of Campbell, was arrested after she admitted that she produced a letter stating she had been diagnosed with cancer. She forged a doctor's signature and then submitted the letter to Hartford Insurance Company.

Woodworth was charged with insurance fraud and forgery after an investigation by William Fedrau of the Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau and Marci Trimble of the state police in Bath. Woodworth could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison if convicted. A hearing will be held in Steuben County Court.

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