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Woman charged in connection with workers' comp theft

A Depew woman has been charged with defrauding the state workers' compensation system and stealing more than $4,000 in insurance benefits.

Carolyn Guarnieri, 44, of Olanta Street, started receiving workers' compensation benefits for a back injury while moving a patient at the Erie County Home and Infirmary in early 1988.

New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said that when Guarnieri returned to the workforce in 2016, she falsely reported her earnings to receive additional benefits. She reported she was receiving $100 per week, when she was earning $200 per week. The discrepancy in her reported wage rates amounted to more than $4,000 in benefits between January 2016 to April 2017.

Leahy Scott said Guarnieri's deception has allowed her to supplement her income with benefits she was not entitled to receive.

Guarnieri was charged with second-degree offering a false instrument for filing and petit larceny. She is scheduled to appear in Cheektowaga Town Court on Sept. 11.


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