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

ISSUED 12/30/2009FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SARATOGA COUNTY COUPLE ARRESTED FOR CASHING DEAD FATHER'S CHECKS

A Saratoga County man and his wife were arrested Monday for cashing workers' compensation checks sent to the man's deceased father.

Police arrested Geoffrey Gabel, 40, and his wife, Kelly Gabel, 38, of North Second Street, Mechanicville, following an investigation by the New York State Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau.

The Gabels are accused of cashing checks totaling more than $13,000 that had been sent to Geoffrey Gabel's father following the father's death in September 2008. An investigation was begun after a routine check by Crum & Forster Indemnity Company, a workers' compensation insurer, revealed that the elder Gabel had died.

The Gables were charged with third degree grand larceny. They could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison if they are convicted. A hearing will be scheduled in Albany County Court.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Spencer.

 
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