ALBANY -- A Schenectady man employed by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance faked doctors' notes to receive nearly $12,000 worth of sick time, the state Inspector General's Office said Tuesday.
Jacob R. Weaver, 34, of Schenectady, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and 13 counts each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, felonies.
Weaver, who served as a contract management specialist, is accused of faking 13 separate doctors' notes over the course of six months to obtain 75 days of paid sick time totaling more than $11,800, officials said.
Weaver is accused of using the notes to take off most of the summer and December of 2019 and into January. He used six days of accrued leave at full pay and then the 75 days at half pay, officials said.
In all, he was absent from July 8 to Sept. 4, time when he allegedly emailed six forged medical notes to his office. He then made sick leave status and was later absent from Dec. 9 to Jan. 10 and submitted seven more forged medical notes by email to support those absences, officials said.
Weaver's office found the medical documentation suspicious and referred the matter to the Inspector General for investigation. The investigation then found the notes contained forged signatures of physicians' assistants or were altered to indicate Weaver was unable to work on specific dates, officials said
"This individual allegedly forged sick notes to take multiple months off from work," Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro said in a news release. "He abused the trust placed in state workers to act responsibly and follow the law. Thankfully, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance recognized something was amiss and brought the matter to my office.."
Weaver was arraigned and released to return to court later. He is currently suspended from his position.