Watertown Woman Charged In Business Fraud

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The former officer manager of Nephrology Associates in Watertown was charged Thursday with stealing more than $27,000 from the business over a five year period.

Ingrid M. Exford, 47, of 21474 Hadcock Road, was charged with falsifying business records, first degree; scheme to defraud, first degree; grand larceny, third degree; forgery, second degree; and identity theft, third degree.

She appeared in Town of Watertown court and was released without bail.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Detective Paige Taylor said in a statement that Exford was arrested after a nearly year long investigation. Up until February 15 of 2012, Exford was office manager of Nephrology Associates of Watertown, where she allegedly falsified business records for five years to cover up the crime of stealing patient co-payments and the unauthorized use of business credit cards "for her own personal needs in excess of $27,000."

Exford allegedly forged a doctor's signature while using his business credit card, Taylor said in the statement.

Monday, September 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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