A Utica couple is facing charges after they allegedly forged a medical form that allowed the husband to take time off from his job at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, according to New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Gregory Jones, 42, who works as a security officer for the state Office of Mental Health Safety at the CNY Psych Center, is charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, both felonies.
His wife, 42-year-old Brooks Jones, is charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
According to Leahy Scott, Gregory Jones filed a standard medical certification form in Sept. 2017, which serves as a doctor’s note, to justify taking time off from work. The inspector general’s investigation found that the medical form came from the doctor’s office where Brooks Jones works, and the physician whose name is on the form said he never treated Gregory Jones and that the signature was not his.
Gregory Jones was arraigned on the charges and released, pending further court action in Utica City Court. Brooks Jones was aksi arraigned and released, and she’s scheduled to appear in New Hartford Town Court on Jan. 2, 2018.
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamaral's office assisted in the investigation.