August 28, 2013
Northumberland County woman charged with stealing more than $45,000 in deceased father's workers' compensation benefits
HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section today charged a Northumberland County woman who allegedly collected more than $45,000 in her deceased father's workers' compensation disability benefits.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendant as Margaret Ann Black, 50, 6245 Paradise Road, Milton, Northumberland County.
The charges state that Black never notified Zurich North America of her father's death and continued to collect more than $800 a week in his workers' compensation benefits.
Agents said that Black received several official forms from the company, which were intended for her father, and allegedly signed his name and returned the forms to the insurer. By doing this, Black fraudulently verified that her father continued to remain eligible for benefits.
Black is charged with one count of workers' compensation insurance fraud and one count of theft by deception.
She was preliminarily arraigned before District Judge Ben Apfelbaum in Sunbury. Bail was set at $50,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 9 a.m.
The case will be prosecuted in Northumberland County by Senior Deputy Attorney General John Dickinson of the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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