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Watertown man sentenced for insurance fraud in St. Lawrence County Court

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CANTON - The former chairman of the Watertown City Planning Board was sentenced to three years’ probation Friday in St. Lawrence County Court for an insurance fraud conviction.

Norman J. Wayte II, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree insurance fraud, a Class A misdemeanor.

The plea satisfied felony second-degree insurance fraud charges. He was accused of improperly charging Medicaid $100,109 for time when he was employed by United Cerebral Palsy of the North Country from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Wayte was also ordered to pay $15,876 restitution which has already been paid.

County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards transferred Mr. Wayte’s probation supervision to Jefferson County and also ordered him to pay a $50 DNA testing fee. Mr. Wayte was accused of not actually working the times he reported.

According to court documents, investigators found discrepancies when they compared time sheets for Mr. Wayte at Dick’s Sporting Goods to those for when he allegedly was working as a home service director.

Mr. Wayte resigned from his position on the city’s Planning Board in October after the report was published.

In other court news:

■ Edward J. Woods Jr., 41, of 923 Franklin St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail and 10 years’ probation for his conviction of second-degree attempted course of sexual conduct against a child. He was also ordered to pay $1,425 in fees and surcharges, including $1,000 for a supplemental sexual offenders victims fee.

Mr. Woods was accused of having sexual conduct with a girl beginning when she was age 7 between 2003 and 2005.

■ Michael A. Remillard, 31, of 616 State St., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to two years in the county jail for his conviction of two counts of second-degree criminal contempt.

He admitted violating an order of protection by having contact with a woman July 25, 2011 and again Nov. 27. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail for each count, to run consecutively.

■ Michael W. McPherson, 51, of 247 N. Main St., Massena, was sentenced to interim probation and ordered to pay $9,251.86 in restitution. He was accused of stealing $8,000 from Parkway Convenience store, Norfolk, where he was working as manager between June and August 2011. He pleaded guilty to first-degree falsifying business records, a Class E felony.

■ Matthew Dillon, 31, Massena, a second felony offender, was sentenced to five years’ probation for his alleged role in a marijuana smuggling operation. He was also ordered to pay $375 in fees and surcharges. His supervision was transferred to Franklin County. He pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a Class felony.

■ Margaret A. Jacobs, 45, of Akwesasne, Que., was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $375 in fees and surcharges for her alleged role in a marijuana smuggling operation. Her supervision was transferred to Franklin County. She pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a Class C felony.

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