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Thruway employee charged with forging doctor notes

ALBANY – A Thruway Authority maintenance worker from Haverstraw was arrested on charges that he filed 16 forged doctor’s notes between May 2013 and January 2014 in an effort to secure excused absences from work.

Jose Mulero, 31, was arrested after an investigation by the Thruway Authority, which was referred to the State Inspector General’s Office.

Mulero allegedly filed fraudulent medical excuses with his employer on 16 different dates in an effort to maintain his employment and use accrued sick leave. The fake notes appeared to be signed by a physician indicating Mulero was treated by the doctor on specific dates. But, based on investigation, the named doctor never treated Mulero, did not sign the doctor notes or write the notes.

Mulero admitted to the inspector general that he knew what he was doing was wrong and that “eventually the sick notes would catch up.”

He was charged with 16 felony counts of forgery and one misdemeanor count of official misconduct.