A 63-year-old area woman utilized her deceased mother's pension in the New York State retirement system to fraudulently collect nearly $42,000 in payments, state police said.
State Police investigators in Poughkeepsie were notified by the Division of Investigations of the New York State Comptroller’s Office regarding the possible larceny of New York State retirement funds.
An investigation discovered the mother of Pleasant Valley resident Bonnie S. Robertson died in 2013.
Robertson, who had joint access to her mother’s state pension account, failed to notify the state retirement fund of her mother's death and continued to fraudulently collect pension payments totaling $41,923.70, state police said.
State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks on Tuesday, Sept. 4 charged Robertson with grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony.
Robertson was arraigned before the town of Unionvale Court, and released to the supervision of Dutchess County Probation.
She is next scheduled to appear before the Town of Stanford Court on Sept. 26.
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