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A woman pleads guilty to stealing $15K in Wayne County



Newark, New York — The New York State Inspector General announced Friday, a Newark woman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $15,000 in workers’ compensation benefits by abusing her role as power of attorney for her late mother.

A 55-year-old Michelle Ficarro pleaded guilty in Newark Village Court to Petit Larceny, after previously being arrested and arraigned on two counts of Grand Larceny in the third degree, according to Inspector General Lucy Lang.

As a condition of the plea and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 2, 2022, Ficarro will be required to pay full restitution.

According to investigators, Ficarro’s mother died in August 2019.

Ficarro obtained and stole workers’ compensation funds intended for her mother for the next 11 months, investigators said.. In total, the funds added up to $15,027.

“Ms. Ficarro abused her position as her late mother’s power of attorney to take advantage of the workers’ compensation system,” said Inspector General Lang. “We will continue to protect the integrity of this important social safety net and ensure that funds are delivered to those who are truly in need.”