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Former Five Points CO sentenced for using fake medical notes to get sick leave

In central New York, a former correction officer, Stephanie Saber, 29, has been sentenced to five years probation following her guilty plea for submitting fake medical notes to acquire sick leave. The Seneca County Judge, Barry Porsch, handed down the sentence after Saber admitted in November to first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Saber’s actions were discovered during an investigation led by the state inspector general’s office, which found she had submitted 13 counterfeit medical notes between December 2021 and July 2022 at the Five Points Correctional Facility.

Saber’s fraudulent activities were aimed at excusing her absences from work, misrepresenting them as medically necessary. The case was referred to the state inspector general by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), highlighting the serious impact such misconduct has on the safety and staffing of correctional facilities. Inspector General Lucy Lang emphasized the betrayal of trust and the additional strain placed on already challenging staffing situations within the correctional system.

The sentencing serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of fraudulent behavior within the state’s correctional facilities, especially amidst staffing shortages. Saber, who has since been terminated from her position, faced repercussions for her actions, underlining the commitment of DOCCS to uphold integrity and discipline among its staff. The collaboration between the state police and Seneca County District Attorney John Nabinger was pivotal in bringing Saber’s case to a close, reinforcing the state’s stance against fraudulent misconduct among its employees.