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Niagara Falls woman forged dead mother's signature to cash checks

Virginia Donahue, a Niagara Falls woman who forged her dead mother's name on state workers' compensation checks for two months, pleaded guilty Wednesday and repaid $1,113.

Donahue, 58, of 81st Street, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted petit larceny and received a conditional discharge from City Judge Danielle M. Restaino.

The husband of Donahue's mother died in 1997 of a work-related illness. Her mother was entitled to benefits for the rest of her life.

The Workers' Compensation Fraud Inspector General's Office said the checks kept coming after Donahue's mother died in October 2014. From November 2014 to January 2015, Donahue signed her mother's name on the checks and deposited them into her own bank account. She was not a dependent of her mother and was not entitled to the money.


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