A Gouverneur couple is accused of insurance fraud.
Gouverneur village police say 60 year old David Blair Sr. forged a signature on a check meant for the victim, Garth Monica, and the full amount of the check -- just over $53,000 -- was deposited into 64 year old Marcalene Blair's account.
The couple gave $22,000 to Monica and kept the rest.
The money was for a garage that burned down that the Blairs were buying from Monica on a land contract.
They were arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree grand larceny. David Blair was also charged with third-degree possession of a forged instrument.
They were arraigned in Gouverneur town court and released on their own recognizance.