Gouverneur pair allegedly steals over $30,000 from insurance check belonging to another person
GOUVERNEUR — Two Gouverneur residents were charged May 2 with stealing over $30,000 from another person, according to Gouverneur police.
David E. Blair Sr., 60 and Marcalene E. Blair, 64, were each charged with third-degree grand larceny, officers said. David was additionally charged with third-degree possession of a forged instrument.An investigation showed that on March 11 at Gouverneur Savings and Loan Association the pair intentionally deprive a victim, Garth E. Monica, of insurance money that rightfully belonged to Monica, officers said.
They took an insurance check that was issued by Central Co-operative Insurance Company to the order of Marcalene E. Blair & GEM & Son Properties in the amount of $53,219.74 that was issued as a result of a fire in a garage that Marcalene and David were buying from Garth on land contract, police said.
The Blair’s allegedly deposited the check, which bore Garth’s forged signature, into Marcalene’s account and then spent $18,454.90 of the money and withdrew the remaining $34,764.84 March 18 and gave Monica $22,000, which deprived Monica of $31,219.74.
Both subjects were arraigned before Judge Young at Gouverneur court and released on their own recognizances, officers said.