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August 3, 2012

Plattsburgh man convicted of fraud

By MIRANDA ORSO, Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was convicted Thursday of receiving almost $10,000 in workers’ compensation benefits that he wasn’t entitled to.

The Clinton County District Attorney’s Office said Robert J. Deyo, 34, was found guilty of fraudulently reporting to the New York State Insurance Fund that he was not working while he was actually employed as a contractor.As a result of his actions, Deyo collected $9,450 in benefits that he was not otherwise entitled to receive.The DA’s Office said he plead guilty to third-degree perjury, a misdemeanor, and attempt to commit a fraudulent practice on June 7.He was originally arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court last November on a felony charge of first-degree perjury.He was also cited for committing a fraudulent practice under Workers’ Compensation Law.The DA’s Office said that following his guilty plea, Deyo immediately made a $4,740 partial restitution payment to the State Insurance Fund.He was sentenced to three years probation and must also repay the outstanding $4,710 to the state, along with $750 in other fees and fine.Deyo also had to submit a DNA sample to the court. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Katherine Kopita. Deyo was represented by Michael Phillips.

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Story Created: Dec 9, 2011 EST

Story Updated: Dec 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST

(WKTV)18 people have been arrested, including four local residents, in a statewide crackdown on workers compensation fraud, according to the New York State Department of Financial Services.



Arrests were made in Albany, Schenectady, Erie, Onondaga, Oneida, Ulster, Otsego, Oswego, Warren, Chenango, Tompkins, Broome and Clinton counties.

The suspects are accused of pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in workers compensation checks for phony injuries or working at another job while collecting the checks for an injury.

Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky says Friday the fraud drives up the rates for employers and taxpayers.

The crackdown by his office, the state Inspector General's Office, the Workers Compensation Board and other agencies



Aaron McElhinney, 26, of Vernon, is accused of collecting $11,600 in benefits from Chartis Insurance Company after falsely reporting that he suffered a work-related injury. Investigators found that he told his girlfriend and her mother that he was going to fake the injury so he could go to Florida. Co-workers corroborated that he did not hurt himself. He is charged with insurance fraud in the third degree and workers' compensation fraud.

William Ellis, 43, of Utica, admitted working for a construction company from 2004 through 2007 doing roofing, siding, plumbing and masonry while collecting $15,000 in benefits from NYSIF for an injury he suffered while working for a paving and excavating company in 1993.

William O'Neil, 30, of Rome, is accused of collecting $1,790 in benefits from 21st Century North American Insurance Company while working for a moving company. He was collecting benefits after suffering an injury while working as a carpenter. He is also accused of giving false testimony at a workers' compensation hearing and causing a false independent medical examination report to be prepared and filed as part of his claim. He is charged with perjury in the first degree and workers' compensation fraud.


Susan Gridley, 61, of Schuyler Lake, started collecting benefits after an injury she sustained while working at a horse farm in 1986. She later failed to disclose on work activity reports submitted to the NYSIF that she was working as horse boarder and trainer while collecting $4,700 in benefits.





November 27, 2011


By REBECCA WEBSTER Press-Republican Plattsburgh Press Republican Sun Nov 27, 2011, 02:28 AM EST

PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man has been arrested for alleged Worker Compensation and insurance fraud. Robert J. Deyo, 34, was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court on felony charges of one count of first-degree perjury and one count of committing a fraudulent practice.

"The Clinton County District Attorney's office will continue to work with the New York State Insurance Fund and the Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigation Unit to combat Worker Compensation fraud in Clinton County," said District Attorney Andrew Wylie in a press release.

Deyo's charges stem from allegations that he received Worker Compensation benefits he wasn't entitled to by continuing to work as a contractor and not reporting that to his insurance carrier or employer, the release said.

New York State Insurance Fund Chief Executive Deputy Director Dennis J. Hayes said that the fund will continue to work with local law enforcement and partner agencies to fight that kind of fraud.

"Workers Compensation fraud takes hard-earned money from honest businesses, workers, and consumers alike."

Deyo was remanded to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bail bond and will return to court on Nov. 23.







Thirteen people from eight counties have been arrested on charges that they cheated New York’s workers’ compensation system, often by working side jobs while collecting benefits for injuries they pretended left them physically unable to work.

The series of arrests follow investigations by the New York State Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau, along with investigators from the Workers’ Compensation Board Office of the Fraud Inspector General, the New York Insurance Fund, insurance company special investigative units and local law enforcement agencies.

The cases range from a Steuben County woman accused of fraudulently collecting $10,000 in benefits while running a ceramic supply store to a Schenectady man who claimed a job-related injury prevented him from working but was caught on videotape doing odd jobs.

“It’s always wrong when people take benefits they don’t deserve and it’s particularly troubling now because resources are scarce in today’s economy. Workers’ compensation benefits need to go to people who are legitimately entitled to receive them and not to those who would cheat the system,” Insurance Superintendent James Wrynn said. “Workers’ compensation fraud is a felony and we are on the watch for those who commit it,” said New York State Insurance Fund Chief Deputy Executive Director and Secretary to the Board of Commissioners Francine James. “With help from local law enforcement and our partner agencies in New York State we are sending a clear message – offenders will be caught.”

Workers’ compensation is designed to compensate people for lost wages after they suffer a job-related injury. It is also used to pay for medical care and rehabilitation for workers hurt on the job. Individuals must be legitimately unable to work to receive compensation.

So, how are workers’ compensation cheats uncovered?

Frauds Bureau investigators say people who illegally double-dip are often discovered in routine insurance company audits. In other cases, co-workers, and even relatives, have been known to turn them in.

The Bureau also looks into anonymous tips it receives from individuals who contact the Bureau using its telephone tip line, 1-888-FRAUDNY.

Last year, the Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau received 1,352 reports of suspected workers’ comp fraud and conducted investigations leading to the arrests of 119 New Yorkers for workers’ compensation-related criminal offenses.

The 13 recent arrests resulted in a range of charges which, in the event of convictions, could lead to sentences of up to seven years in prison. In some cases, individuals were charged with workers’ compensation fraud, while in other cases, the charges included grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing.

One of the investigations resulted in three arrests. Hattie Twitty, 61, of Albany, is charged with falsely claiming she received home health care from Michelle Simpson, 39, and Harold Miller, 38, who is Twitty’s son. An investigation found that the care could never have been provided because Miller was in jail and Simpson was working at a nursing home when the care purportedly occurred.

The others arrested include:

Albany County: Mark S. Colucci, 55, of Hopewell, who collected $7,900 in wage replacement benefits for injuries he purportedly suffered while working as a tree service laborer. He was doing similar work for another tree service while receiving the benefits.

Albany County: Jennifer Rodriguez, 33, of Watervliet, who collected benefits while claiming she was unable to walk without a walker because of an injury she suffered as a supermarket cashier. Investigators discovered that she was able to walk unaided.

Albany County: Malvina Beaulieu, 48 of Ashland, who is accused of collecting $8,500 in benefits for a job-related injury while working as a home health aide.

Broome County: Ronald Brown, 47, of Binghamton, who is accused of collecting temporary total disability benefits while he was employed selling gold, jewelry and household items, as well as performing excavation work.

Chemung County: Reginald Corley, 44, who worked as a bartender in Elmira despite testifying twice that he was unable to work because of a job-related injury.

Clinton County: Donald R. Velie Jr., 43, of Saranac, who is accused of working while collecting benefits he received after being hurt while a state corrections officer.

Fulton County: Paul Battisti, 37, of St. Johnsville in Montgomery County, who is accused of working as a drywall installer after claiming he was too injured to work.

Monroe County: Daniel Fauth, 53, of Webster, who faces a charge of workers’ compensation fraud for collecting $716 in benefits. He was arrested when investigators captured surveillance videos of him working at a landscaping business after he claimed he was not engaged in work of any kind.

Schenectady County: David C. Keiski, 44, of Schenectady, who submitted work activity statements claiming he had not returned to work because of a neck injury. But he was shown on surveillance videos doing odd jobs like fence work and countertop installations while collecting benefits.

Steuben County: Linda Fox, 59, of Wayland, who is accused of fraudulently collecting $10,000 while running a ceramic supply store. She admitted she owned the business after being shown investigators’ surveillance videos which contradicted her previous statements that she was not working.

Referrals leading to the investigations by the Frauds Bureau came from the Insurance Fund, Ace Insurance, Travelers Insurance Company, First Cardinal Insurance Company and Hanaford Insurance Company.

The individuals arrested are being prosecuted by county district attorneys.


Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 12:25 PM     Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 12:25 PM

Charley Hannagan / The Post-Standard

Syracuse, NY -- An accountant was accused Monday of falsifying the payroll records of a Syracuse cab driver killed in a robbery so it would appear that the driver was working for a company covered by workers' compensation insurance, the New York State Insurance Department said.

Vincent Kukys, 66, of 1109 Sunnycrest Road, Syracuse, was accused of changing the payroll records of Timothy Gordon, to show that Gordon was employed by Century Taxi & Transportation.

Gordon, 29, of Carbon Street, was driving a cab for Yellow Taxi Co. on January 29, 2009, when he picked up three men and drove them to Elliot Street. The driver was found shot in the head in his overturned cab on Summit Avenue in the city's Strathmore neighborhood. He died the following day in the hospital.

Here's the insurance department's account of what happened with Gordon's payroll records.

Both Yellow Taxi and Century are owned by Frank Manzi. Yellow Taxi did not have workers' compensation insurance at the time of Gordon's death, while Century had coverage.

Kukys performed payroll and accounting services for Manzi. A forensics examination of Kukys's computer showed that Gordon was added as a Century employee after his death.

Workers' compensation benefits are used to pay death benefits to the beneficiaries of employees killed in work-related incidents.

Kukys was arrested by Onondaga County sheriffs after a joint investigation by the New York State Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau, the New York State Insurance Fund and the New York State Workers' Compensation Board Office of the Inspector General.

He was accused of first degree counts of perjury, offering a false instrument for filing and workers' compensation fraud, all are felonies. He was arraigned in the Town of Salina Court and released on his own recognizance.

If convicted Kukys could face up to seven years in prison, the insurance department said.

Last year, Yellow Taxi was ordered to pay $5,000 restitution to the Insurance Fund after pleading guilty to charges of possession of a forged instrument and offering a false instrument for filing. The charges stemmed from accusations that the company falsified workers' compensation and employment liability insurance applications.

Three men were charged with Gordon’s death.

Eduardo Trinidad-Ayala was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced last year to 40 years to life in prison.

Chuckie Phillips pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Denny DeJesus pleaded guilty to second degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced last year to 13 years in prison.


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Published: Thursday, November 04, 2010, 1:41 PM     Updated: Thursday, November 04, 2010, 2:12 PM

John O’Brien / The Post Standard

Kathy Coffta Sims / Contributing photographer

Oneida firefighters work on the smoldering remains of National Casket Co., which erupted into a tower of flames in November 2006. Jeffrey Truman Sr., of Oneida, was convicted Wednesday of insurance fraud and setting fire to the building.

A federal jury has convicted an Oneida man of arson for his involvement in a fire at his own building in 2006 to collect on a $4 million insurance policy.

Jeffrey Truman Sr., 52, was convicted in U.S. District Court in Utica on Wednesday of insurance fraud, using fire to commit mail fraud, scheme to defraud and aiding another person in setting fire to the former National Casket Co. building in Oneida on Nov. 12, 2006.

A Madison County Court judge dismissed arson and insurance fraud charges against Truman two years ago, citing a lack of evidence. Truman’s son, Jeffrey Truman Jr., 24, pleaded guilty to arson in 2008. He testified then that his father told him to set fire to the building, which was owned by Truman Sr.’s company, JMM Properties LLC.

Truman Sr. faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years when he’s sentenced by Judge David Hurd, according to prosecutor Edward Broton, who was assisted in the trial by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gwen Carroll. Truman Jr. served two years in prison for his arson conviction.


October 12, 2010

The New York State Insurance Fund today announced the arrest of a Washington County man who is alleged to have lied about his employment while receiving workers' compensation benefits.

Charles Little, 55, of Hudson Falls, NY, a New York State correction officer, was injured while working and based on the injury was receiving workers' compensation benefits from NYSIF.

According to investigators, Mr. Little, while receiving workers' compensation benefits, was working with his brother, who owns a plumbing and heating/home improvement business.

It is alleged that the claimant signed four official forms indicating he had not returned to work and denied he was working while testifying under oath at a New York State Workers' Compensation Board hearing.

Albany Police arrested Mr. Little on October 7, following an investigation by NYSIF's Division of Confidential Investigations and the New York State Insurance Department's Frauds Bureau.

Following his arraignment in Albany City Court on a felony workers' compensation fraud charge, Mr. Little was released on his own recognizance pending further court action. The case is being prosecuted by the Albany County District Attorney's office.

The value of the fraud in this case is $16,543.56. Estimated future savings exceeds $285,000.

Criminal complaints and indictments are accusations only. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.



Posted by Howard Owens on May 27, 2010 - 2:52pm, The Batavian

A former corrections officer admitted in Genesee County Court this afternoon that he filed false workers compensation claims and stole thousands of dollars from the state.

James S. Gibbs, 34, faced a 24-count indictment, but reached a plea agreement to admit to one count of grand larceny and one count of filing false instruments.

As part of the plea, Gibbs will be required to pay back to the state $40,000, with a $20,000 payment due before he is sentenced.

The maximum sentence under the plea agreement is four months of intermittent incarceration and five years probation and a $5,000 fine.

Gibbs was also required to resign from New York State Corrections.

Gibbs was arrested in October for receiving disability benefits while operating a company plowing snow and sealing driveways.


Posted on Friday, 30 of January, 2009 at 11:38 am, North Country Gazette

BINGHAMTON—A Binghamton man has been arrested by Broome County Sheriff’s Department deputies and charged with grand larceny, offering a false instrument for filing and violation of the Workers’ Compensation Law. 

Officials claim that Kent Hogdin, 57, of Binghamton was receiving workers’ compensation payments for a back injury he received in 2005 while working for Zabadal Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. 

While receiving benefits, Hogdin attested in signed statements that he had not returned to any form of work.  An investigation carried out by the New York State Insurance Fund’s Division of Confidential Investigations revealed that Hogdin, in fact, was self-employed repairing small engine machinery.

“Too many people attempt to cover up work activity thinking they can beat the system, but the system is getting much better at identifying the cheats and bringing them to justice,” said NYSIF Executive Director David P. Wehner.  “We will keep applying the pressure and hopefully the message is getting through.”      

Based on the ongoing fraud, NYSIF paid the claimant more than $21,000 to which he was not entitled.

The investigation was carried out in cooperation with the New York State Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau, the Workers’ Compensation Board Fraud Inspector General and the Broome County Sheriff’s Department.  1-30-09


By Mike Maslanik, staff writer, Daily Messenger, Posted Oct 27, 2009 @ 09:45 AM

Robert Stanton, 58, was charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, worker’s compensation fraud and offering a false instrument for filing. He is accused of telling investigators with the New York State Insurance Fund’s Division of Confidential Investigations that he had not returned to work when, in fact, he was employed buying an selling cars for auto dealerships.

Stanton had been receiving workers’ compensation benefits since he was hurt in a work-related accident at a Spencerport country club in 1993. Investigators allege Stanton worked as an agent for several car dealers in 2007 and 2008.

If convicted of all charges, Stanton faces up to seven years in prison.





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Attorney General Spitzer, Inspector General Dineen Riviezzo, Insurance Superintendent Howard Mills, Insurance Fund Executive Director David P. Whener, and Workers’ Compensation Board Fraud Inspector General John H. Burgher, Jr., today announced the arrests and arraignments of 14 individuals for insurance fraud and related charges following a joint investigation into workers’ compensation fraud. The cases were brought in Albany, Broome, Dutchess, Erie and Herkimer counties.

The defendants were all charged with submitting fraudulent claims to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Typical misrepresentations involved failing to disclose present or past work status or the cause of injury. One defendant, Harold Higgins, allegedly collected over $100,000 while concealing his employment in the elective post of Assessor for the Town of Copake in Columbia County. The total benefits paid to all 14 defendants by insurance carriers, including the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), exceeded $250,000.

"Every worker deserves the right to be compensated for medical expenses and lost wages that result from injuries sustained while working," Spitzer said. "However, workers who misrepresent their employment status in order to collect workers' compensation benefits, no matter how large or small the amount, ultimately increase the costs of doing business in New York."

Inspector General Dineen Riviezzo said: "Those who commit workers’ compensation fraud are stealing benefits intended for truly deserving workers. It’s an even worse affront when, as in the case investigated by my office, the alleged perpetrator of the fraud is an employee of state government."

Superintendent Howard Mills said: "Workers’ compensation fraud costs honest, hard-working New Yorkers a staggering amount of money every year. The arrests of these individuals, however, offer compelling evidence that governmental agencies are effectively combating fraud.

Governor Pataki joins me in congratulating all those involved in these investigations and arrests. Working together, we are ensuring that more perpetrators of fraud are being convicted every year, and monies obtained fraudulently are being recovered on behalf of honest New Yorkers and businesses."

State Insurance Fund Executive Director David P. Wehner said: "I am proud of the work of our DCI investigators. With each arrest and successful prosecution the message to those who would defraud the workers’ compensation system becomes louder and clearer, if you cheat, we will come after you."

Workers’ Compensation Board Fraud Inspector General Burgher said: "When Governor Pataki created the Office of Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General and elevated workers’ compensation fraud to a felony, he sent a strong message that lying or misrepresenting facts to obtain benefits is not acceptable and those who conduct such actions will be identified, arrested and prosecuted. Since its inception the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General has conducted investigations resulting in hundreds of arrests, returning millions of dollars to victims. These 14 arrests are further proof that we will continue to work with our partners in state, local and federal government to ensure that those who break the law will be held accountable."

This sweep began in the fall of 2005, when Dale Fajen, of Schaghticoke, was charged with falsifying his company’s application for workers’ compensation insurance. Fajen, who owned two construction companies, lied about the type of work his employees were engaged in so that he could pay lower premiums. On October 17, 2005, he pleaded guilty to Insurance Fraud in the Second Degree, a class "C" felony, before the Hon. Jerry J. Scarano in Saratoga County Court. On December 12, 2005, he was sentenced to six months in jail, plus probation. He was required to pay back $135,046 in premiums owed to the NYSIF.

The 14 defendants whose arrests were announced today were charged with: Fraudulent Practices, a class E felony in violation of the Workers’ Compensation Law; Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony; and Insurance Fraud in the Fifth Degree, a class "A" misdemeanor. Eleven defendants who filed false documents with the NYSIF were also charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class "E"felony. One defendant was also charged with violating state tax law.

The prosecutions are being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Lawrence Elmen, Richard Ernst, Russell Ippolito, Cydney Kelly, Paul McCarthy and Nancy Snyder under the direction of Deputy Chief Viola I. Abbitt of the Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. The cases were investigated by investigators from the New York State Insurance Department, the New York State Insurance Fund, the New York State Office of the Inspector General, and the Office of the Workers’ Compensation Board Fraud Inspector General. The Attorney General’s Investigation Bureau, under the direction of James D. Horton, also participated in the investigations.

A list of the defendants follows. The charges described below are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Harold Higgins, 56, Craryville, NY

Higgins purportedly sustained workplace injuries on two separate occasions in November 1993 and October 1996 for which he filed notices of injury with his employer, the New York State Thruway Authority. In January 2000, he began working as the Assessor for the Town of Copake in Columbia County, and continued to do so through 2005. In documents filed with the NYSIF in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004, he falsely claimed to be unemployed . The defendant fraudulently received benefits in excess of $100,000. The case is pending in Colonie Town Court in Albany County.

Linda A. Autenrieth, 46, Queens, NY

Autenrieth suffered an injury while working as a nurse’s aide for Northern Dutchess Hospital in October 1998, and began collecting workers’ compensation benefits from One Beacon Insurance. Subsequently, Autenrieth began providing private nursing services, a fact that she concealed from the insurance carrier, thus collecting over $40,000 in benefits. The case is pending in Town of Pine Plains Town Court in Dutchess County.

Donald W. Murphy, 70, Tivoli, NY

Murphy suffered a work-related injury in August 1992. In November of 2003, he submitted a form to his insurance carrier falsely stating that he had not returned to work. He fraudulently collected benefits that exceeded $37,000. He also failed to file personal income tax returns for three years. The case is pending in Town of LaGrange Town Court in Dutchess County.

David J. Bajer, 48, Cheektowaga, NY

Bajer submitted a claim for a knee injury allegedly suffered at work in January 2005 while he was employed by the New York State Office of General Services. He failed to disclose on the Injury and Treatment form that he had sprained his knee while skiing the day before. He received benefits amounting to $27,000. The case is pending in Buffalo City Court in Erie County.

Daniel Banyai, 32, Hyde Park, NY

Banyai was injured in 1997 while working for Robin Apple Distributors, and began collecting benefits from the NYSIF. In documents submitted to the NYSIF, he failed to disclose the full extent of this employment. He fraudulently received benefits exceeding $17,000. The case is pending in Colonie Town Court.

Wayne Bradford, 56, Kerhonkson, NY

Bradford directed an employee who had worked as a machine operator for his company, Blue Ridge Woodcrafters, to falsely state that the employee’s injury had occurred while employed at another of Bradford’s companies, Jes-Lyn Enterprises. Blue Ridge Woodcrafters had no workers’ compensation insurance. Additionally, in reporting the injury to the NYSIF, Bradford himself falsely indicated that the employee was working at Jes-Lyn. Based on this fraudulent claim, the NYSIF paid out over $10,000 in benefits.

Other individuals arrested and charged as part of the sweep include:

Cherie Griffen, 35, Beacon, NY

Griffen is charged with fraudulently receiving $9,000 in benefits. The case is pending in Colonie Town Court.

Allen Paul, 39, Troy, NY

Paul is charged with fraudulently receiving $8,900 in benefits. The case is pending in Colonie Town Court.

David Podeswik, 53, Ilion, NY

Podeswik is charged with fraudulently receiving benefits in excess of $7,000. The case is pending in Village of Ilion Village Court in Herkimer County

Nunzio Bonefede, 55, New York, NY

Bonefede was charged with fraudulently receiving benefits in excess of $6,000. On January 10, 2006, in Buffalo City Court, this defendant pleaded guilty to Attempted Fraudulent Practices and Insurance Fraud in the Fifth Degree, both class A misdemeanors. He was sentenced to three years probation.

Jeffrey Kleingardner, 30, Livingston Manor, NY

Kleingardner is charged with fraudulently receiving benefits in excess of $4,000. The case is pending in Union Town Court in Broome County.

Edmund Tietz, 53, Livingston Manor, NY

Tietz is charged with fraudulently receiving benefits in excess of $3,800. The case is pending in Union Town Court.

Zahida Pervez, 46, Latham, NY

Pervez is charged with fraudulently receiving benefits in excess of $3,000. The case is pending in Colonie Town Court.

Terry Rolling, 39, Niagara Falls, NY

Rolling is charged with fraudulently receiving benefits in excess of $3,000. The case is pending in Buffalo City Court.


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An investigation began after a routine check by Crum & Forster Indemnity Co., a workers' compensation insurer, revealed that the elder Gabel had died in September 2008, Klug said. The Gabels were arraigned in Albany City Court and released on bail, Klug said. They face up to seven years in prison if convicted. A hearing will be scheduled in Albany County Court.

In a separate case, a Schenectady woman was arrested, also after an investigation by the Frauds Bureau. Vicki Earing, 50, allegedly collected more than $30,000 in workers' compensation benefits. Earing starting collecting the benefits in 1993 after suffering a back injury while working for the state Health Department. While collecting, she allegedly worked as an independent contractor, delivering the Times Union from 2006 until early December, Klug said. Earing was charged with third-degree grand larceny, insurance fraud and committing a fraudulent practice.

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