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RN accused of creating inflated call claims to steal more than $14,000

A former Bergen resident who was recently accused of stealing a mailbox from a neighbor is facing a grand larceny charge for allegedly stealing $14,650 from her former employer.

Michele Ann Case, 46, of 1037 Chili Center-Coldwater Road, Rochester, a registered nurse, is accused of submitting inflated mileage claims and fraudulent "call-in" claims that, in effect, diverted $14,650 from her employer.

Case worked for the company, which is not named in the press release, from late 2008 through January 2011. She is accused of filing the inflated claims from January 2009 through January 2011.

Following arraignment in Batavia City Court, Case was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

The alleged larceny was investigated by Det. Charles F. Dudek, Batavia PD.

In June, Case, who was listed as a resident of North Bergen Road, Bergen, in previous arrest reports, was accused of stealing a mailbox. In comments on The Batavian, Case said she thought the mailbox was unused and was merely recycling it.

Previous stories about Case:

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I'm sure that it's a misunderstanding of some sort.
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I can't wait to hear the excuse for this one.
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hmmmm shes kinda silent now...
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lets give her a break. Maybe she thought that since the money was just sitting in her company's bank account not being used she could recycle it into her account
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If she's smart she will stay silent on this one. Innocent or guilty. This isn't a stupid mailbox, it's the big time now.
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Nice lady, what is next. She and Suzanne Corona is having a race to see who can be on The Batavian the most-- Just saying Great Job on the work that you show us Howard and Billy!!!!!!
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Thanks Howard for posting links to the other stories. I read the comments on them and it seems very interesting. Michele seems to be portraying herself as a victim of the system. Now I am not going to difinitively judge this but upon reflection on the whole thing it's got to be one of two things. Either Michelle has some enemies that have very good connections and are able to scrutinize everything she does. Or she really may be a con artist that has fooled us. Only time and facts will for sure tell us on this particular case, but if she is tried and found guilty. it really makes you wonder if there was any validity to the charges in the past. Also since this is seemingly a simular crime to what she was charged with before doesn this mean that the previous case the Judge Noonan sealed will be unsealed and we can find out the "official" details?
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It is tempting to connect the dots, however, the dots bear no connection- beyond the common denominator, Ms. Case. Failing to be present when the bus drops off a child and usurping an unused mailbox: unrelated. Ms. Case was accused of a crime, a charge dismissed, that's no dot. Implying similarity to Batavia's 'notorious' headline grabber is, well, a cheap shot. So what are we left with? An RN who is charged with fudging on her mileage and time slips. Just to put this in perspective (not an absolution), Ronald Ferguson and Elizabeth Monrad were found guilty of abetting AIG's $500 million fraud. General Reinsurance Chief Executive Officer Ferguson was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $200000 (about 1% of his annual salary) for his role. Former General Re exec Monrad was sentenced to 18 months.
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You've got to love the court of public opinion, almost always, guilty, until proven innocent. The Casey Anthony trial was a good example, Nancy Grace had her guilty from day one, and the media has to take some responsibility for working people into the frenzy we now see. Just sayin... Michele, get a good lawyer, if you can't afford one, and are assigned a public defender, bring your own rope.
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Frank - don't forget - Nancy Grace also "convicted" the three boys from Duke University of rape - charges were dismissed because they were proven totally untrue. Oh - and the Jonbenet Ramsey murder - Nancy Grace HOUNDED the parents for YEARS - until THEY were proven innocent. That woman Nancy Grace is a total farce. She's like a dog with a bone - and NEVER admits that she's wrong. To me, the jury in the Casey Anthony trial did the right thing - the prosecutor didn't prove to ME that she was guilty, either. My theory is that the mother sold that kid - alive - and got her back dead - that's where she got her "partying money" but that's only a theory - not proof. I can hardly wait to see what "crime of the century" Nancy Grace picks up on next.
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Casey Anthony had no need to "sell" Caylee, she instead ripped off her friends, her mother and her frail, elderly grandpa who's in a nursing home. She stole checks and spent their money. It's my opinion that she committed foul play and her daughter died as a result. One of the primary problems was that the prosecution overshot the hoop. They tried to pin Murder 1 w/ the death penalty, when they should have gone for something they could win. That way, she would be locked up for a long time. Three years does not suffice. She's a narcissist who will profit handsomely for her evil deeds. I think her family, which she and Jose threw under the bus, should wash their hands of her. She's bad, bad news. By the way, O.J. Simpson was also guilty. He didn't just kill those two, he slaughtered them. It would please me greatly if I never hear of either one of them again. I know this is judgmental, but I'm being honest.
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Billie, your absolutely correct, the prosecution tried for more than they could prove, a manslaughter charge probably would have yielded a guilty verdict. My point was more to do with the sensationalism these types of cases seem to create. When a person is tried in a US court, and found not guilty, Americans need to respect the decision, otherwise the system is broke.
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What is the excuse on this? I bet it is ridiculous.
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Frank, I agree. Americans need to respect jurors' decisions or else the justice system would not work. That said, I would have some choice words for Casey if I should ever be so unfortunate as to cross her sorry path and vice-versa. Free speech and all.
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I will evoke my right to stay silent on this except to thank Howard for the news report. There is more information in this press release than I was even given in my court and police reports. Also thanks for the picture taken after working all night and awake for 27 hours. I don't have to work anymore thanks to your news coverage as I lost my job because of it. I have only been charged with something, not found guilty. I am innocent and will fight this. I will bring my own rope, Frank because I will now have to rely on a public defender.
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Thank the cops for the photo, Michele. They always take pictures of people when they are at their best, including you.
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Billie: http://www.theonion.com/articles/nancy-grace-seen-in-graveyard-sucking-m...
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I seriously doubt that employment was lost due to news coverage. Could it be that they were concerned with the substance of the charges, or perhaps the investigators of theses charges from her previous employer contacted her current employer to see if there was anything going on currently that might be indicitive of similar behavior. If I was charged with robbing a resteraunt, I would expect my current employer to fire me or at the very least suspend me until the charges are resolved. Innocent or not it is well within her rights as an employer.
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As for the Casey Anthony case, Dave, Nancy Grace got three years worth of ratings by sucking bones. I admire her tenacity, but I loathe the fact that when she is wrong she does not revise her argument or change her position. Because of that, she is in the same category as Rush Limbaugh. But unlike Limbaugh's paltry politics, the stakes are much higher in the justice system. Poor Jon Benet Ramsey's family was burned alive and for no purpose, according to DNA results. The lacrosse players' case was bogus from the start, based on what came out during the proceedings. Yet Ms. Grace, who has gilded her life's lily quite nicely, wouldn't reflect that in her show's dialog. What it boils down to is what I was taught in a beginning political science class -- develop a good bullshit detector.
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One question Billie.....how do you keep it from beeping so much at political functions an such. I got stinkeye once from people when my watch went off at such a function LOL ;)
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That's pretty funny Kyle. I don't follow these high profile cases much, Billie. All I know about Nancy Grace is that i can stand about 10 seconds of listening to her, about the same as Limbaugh. I was somewhere on the road a few years ago and on some morning radio show, the DJ's were talking about the news of the day and the female said "Oh look, Nancy Grace is pregnant, that's scary" The guy says " Scarier yet is the thought of having sex with her." I concur. I have the Onion on my Facebook page and get one or two of this kind of thing a day. I need a good laugh now and then. I had read your comments above and then saw that right afterwards. See, great minds do think alike! You and the Onion people that is.
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