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Four face felony charges in workers' comp fraud

COLONIE - Four area residents have been accused of participating in a scheme to commit workers' compensation fraud.

Arrested Wednesday were Daniel Booth, 31, of Bayberry Drive in Latham, Miriah S. Nicholas, 21, of Bayberry Drive in Latham, Arnold Leto Jr., 41, of Swatling Drive in Latham and Marian Sherman, 51, of Maxwell Drive in Troy.

All four face felony charges of falsifying business records and insurance fraud.

Booth is also charged with workers' compensation fraud. He is accused of fraudulently receiving $18,000 in benefits.

The charges stem from a scheme in which Booth, an employee at A. Leto Brothers Paving Co. in Latham, was collecting workers' compensation benefits while continuing to work for the company, according to authorities.

Booth's paychecks were issued to his wife, Nicholas, to further conceal their plan, according to authorities. Sherman, the paymaster for the paving company, was charged with insurance fraud and falsifying business records.

Leto is the owner of A. Leto Brothers Paving Co. Booth was a paving crew foreman at the company.

The investigation was conducted by the Office of Workers' Compensation Fraud Inspector General and the Colonie police.

Submitted by: Werner Hetzner 

Source: Gazette Newspapers




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