A former employee at the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center in Utica has pleaded guilty to using false medical records to get time off of work, according to New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Gregory Jones, 42, of Utica, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument in Utica City Court on Monday. Jones, who worked as a safety and security officer for the state Office of Mental Health, also submitted his letter of resignation from state employment on Monday.
According to Leahy Scott, Jones filed a Standard Medical Certification form in Sept. 2017 justifying time off from work, which came from the office where his wife, 42-year-old Brooks Jones, works as an office manager. Leahy Scott says that the physician whose signature was on the form said he never treated Gregory Jones, and that the signature was not his.
Brooks Jones is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and her case, which is in New Hartford Town Court, is currently pending further court action.
“Mr. Jones brazenly concocted a fraudulent scheme deceiving his employer and getting taxpayers to subsidize paid time off to which he was not entitled,” Leahy Scott said in a news release. “I will continue using all of the resources at my disposal to pursue any public employee who falsifies documents in a fraud against the government.”
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