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James J. Wrynn    Superintendent of Insurance    25 Beaver Street  New York, N.Y. 10004

ISSUED 10/16/2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BILL COLLECTOR WHO CASHED DEAD MOTHER’S CHECKS ARRESTED

A Buffalo area bill collector was arrested Tuesday for cashing workers’ compensation checks sent to her deceased mother, the New York State Insurance Department reported.

Police arrested Robin E. Kassirer, 31, of Slate Creek Drive, West Seneca, after an investigation by Ross McQuade of the Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau, assisted by North Tonawanda police Detective Lt. Krantz. McQuade said Kassirer endorsed and cashed four checks totaling $1,600 that were mailed to her mother by Hartford Insurance following her mother’s death in February.

Kassirer was charged with forgery and grand larceny. She was released pending further court action.

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