Insurance Fraud NEWS
New Yorker allegedly cashes dead grandmother’s checks
April 10, 2019, Rochester, NY
A Rochester woman is facing charges after allegedly defrauding the Workers’ Compensation system of more than $5,000 by cashing checks meant for her deceased grandmother.
Brandy Sheppard, 36, has been charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
The Office of the State Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General said Sheppard cashed two-dozen Workers’ Compensation checks that were meant for her grandmother.
This allegedly took place between December 2015 and October 2016. Sheppard’s grandmother died in November 2015.
Sheppard is accused of forging her grandmother’s signature on the checks and then cashing them.
In all, she is accused of defrauding the system of more than $5,300.
In a statement, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General Leahy Scott said, “This defendant exploited her grandmother’s death to greedily enrich herself with benefits to which she was not entitled. My office and my law enforcement partners will use all the resources at our disposal to pursue anyone who defrauds the critical Workers’ Compensation system that is solely meant to protect hard-working New Yorkers injured on the job.”
Sheppard was arraigned Wednesday morning. She is due back in court later this week.