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Rochester man accused of stealing workers' comp checks from dead mom

Curtis Wilson, 56, is accused of cashing nearly $4,000 worth of benefits checks that were meant for his mother. His mother had died in Oct. 2015. (Photo: NYSP)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Rochester man was arrested and charged with stealing workers' compensation checks that belonged to his deceased mother.

Curtis Wilson, 56, is accused of cashing nearly $4,000 worth of benefits checks that were meant for his mother.

An investigation by the New York State alleges Wilson cashed six workers’ compensation benefit checks that were addressed to his mother, for a total of $3,914.52. Wilson's mother died in October 2015, but he continued to cash the checks.

“This morbid fraud and abuse of a deceased individual’s finances enriched the defendant with cash benefits to which he was not entitled,” said Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott. “I will continue to use my office to protect benefits meant to assist honest, hard-working New Yorkers.”

Wilson was charged with third-degree grand larceny and six counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

Rochester Regional Health and PMA Management Corporation worked with the New York State Police and the Monroe County District Attorney's Office on the investigation.

Wilson is scheduled to be back in court on May 29.

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