An employee at Baker Victory Services responsible for investigating allegations of abuse, is now accused of including made-up accounts of interviews in at least one of her reports.
Police have charged 43-year-old Lori Thomas of Angola, with falsifying business records in the first degree; a class "E" felony. If convicted, Thomas faces up to four years in state prison. She is set to appear in court again today.
The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, is investigating and prosecuting this case.
"When anyone responsible for investigating those allegations includes falsified information, as this defendant is alleged to have done, it undermines the integrity of the work," says Justice Center Special Prosecutor Patricia Gunning.
In January, another Baker employee was charged with similar crimes. Kristin Hauser of Williamsville is charged with forging 67 documents while serving as the Director of Quality Improvement. Her arrest was part of a Justice Center investigation, which is still ongoing.
Thomas has since been fired from her position at Baker Victory Services.