ALBANY - A Niagara Falls woman was arrested on a felony charge of grand larceny, accused of forging her late mother's name to receive over $1,100 in worker's compensation benefits to which she was not entitled.
Virginia Donahue, 57, of 81st Street, was additionally charged by New York State Inspector General Catharine Leahy Scott with five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, also felonies.
Scott announced the arrest on Monday, calling the theft "morbid," "shameful" and "brazen."
Donahue's stepfather passed away in 1997 due to a long-term illness suffered while working at Union Carbide and her mother began receiving benefits as a result of his death. Donahue's mother died in October of 2014, but the Worker's Compensation Board continued to send the checks.
According to the report, Donahue forged her mother's name on biweekly checks from December 2014 to January 2015, a total of $1,113 in benefits to which she was not entitled, and deposited them in her own account for her own use.
Donahue was arraigned in Niagara Falls City Court on Monday and released with a return court date of Jan. 18.