Port Authority police officer accused of forging medical records for more pay

A 43-year-old Port Authority police officer allegedly falsified medical records so she could receive additional paid medical leave, authorities announced Friday evening.

The officer, Maria Paz, was charged with two counts of forgery, which are fourth-degree crimes, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Paz was arrested “without incident” at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City on Friday and released on a summons the same day, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

An investigation found Paz submitted falsified medical records to her employer in order to receive more in paid leave, Suarez said.

The additional amount Paz received through allegedly forging the medical records was not disclosed by the prosecutor’s office. An office spokeswoman on Sunday said the prosecutor’s office did not have additional information about the charges.

Paz is scheduled to appear in court May 13.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office credited its public integrity unit and the Office of Inspector General Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the arrest and investigation.

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