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CANTON — The former chairman of the Watertown City Planning Board accused of bilking the Medicaid program for more than $100,000 pleaded not guilty Monday in St. Lawrence County Court to felony second-degree insurance fraud, according to the county district attorney’s office.

Norman J. Wayte II, Watertown, is 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. According to court documents, Mr. Wayte did not actually work the times he reported.

He was released on his own recognizance.

In March, Mr. Wayte’s attorney, Eric T. Swartz, Watertown, said that the charges were absurd and that his client was “being railroaded.”

Attempts to reach Mr. Swartz for comment were unsuccessful.

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.

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