Baker Victory Services employee charged with 201 felony counts

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jan 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 16:55:08-05

A former Baker Victory Services Quality Improvement Director has been charged with 201 felony counts, including forgery and falsifying business records.

Kristin Hauser of Williamsville is charged with forging 67 documents related to investigations of abuse and neglect of vulnerable New Yorkers.

On top of these charges, Hauser is charged with filing all of those forgeries with the state in her role as Director of Quality Improvement for Baker Victory Service, Inc. in the City of Lackawanna, another 67 counts.

An additional 67 counts are for falsifying business records.

Hauser's arrest was the result of a Justice Center investigation. The investigation is still ongoing.

The Justice Center found investigative reports about abuse and neglect had falsified statements and witness signatures of people who were not aware their names had been signed and did not give consent for their signatures.

Hauser, a 27 year employee of Baker Victory Services, was responsible for approving and filing the incidents reports and allegedly created forged documents herself.

The Justice Center says she allegedly submitted the false documents to the New York State Office of Mental health (OMH) and New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). These offices and the Justice Center rely on the accuracy of these reports when investigating allegations of abuse and neglect.

Hauser's charges stem from her actions that allegedly occurred between 2014 and 2016 in relation to 28 cases of abuse and neglect.

The Justice Department says Hauser's forgeries may have affected numerous investigations.

Special Prosecutor Gunning says the Justice Center is working with Baker Victory, OMH and OPWDD to re-investigate cases that may have been compromised to make sure all findings that came from the falsified documents are correct.

Hauser resigned from her position as Director of Quality Improvement and posted $20,000 bond. She will be back in court at a later date.

According to the Justice Department, Hauser faces two and one-third years to seven years in prison for each forgery.