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Exposing what led to Baker Victory forgery allegations

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 18:26:20-05

New details are unfolding regarding how allegations of forgery by the former Baker Victory Services Quality Improvement Director came to light.

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

Hauser is facing 201 felony counts, including forgery and falsifying business records.

According to investigators, 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.

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.

In a statement to 7 Eyewitness News, OMH cites a number "inconsistencies" with the abuse and neglect reports it received from the Lackawanna agency.

The alleged inconsistencies led to the reports being reported to another state agency, ultimately leading to Hauser's arrest.

"It's certainly concerning that this number of documents are forged for this small period of two years," Florina Altshiler, Legal Expert told 7 Eyewitness News.

"Certainly there are a lot of documents and there may be more widespread implications as a result."