A state Health Department information-technology specialist who earns $58,311 a year was arrested on four felony charges today for allegedly forging a doctor’s note to get a handicapped parking spot and filing timecards certifying he was working when he was not, according to Acting State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Travis Witt, 27, of Malta, Saratoga County, was charged with four felony counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and one misdemeanor count of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.
Scott said Witt obtained special parking privileges at Empire State Plaza, and he submitted three timecards earlier this year that said he had worked full days when he had not reported to work. Witt, a Health Department employee since 2007, was arraigned before New Scottland Judge David Wukitschand and held in county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or bond, she said.
“Fraudulently obtaining handicapped parking not only is unlawful, but potentially inhibits the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities in need of accessible parking,” Scott said in a statement. “Further, any fraudulent abuse of time and attendance records undermines public trust. Such conduct is not tolerable.”