Updated: June 15, 2020 07:04 PM
Created: June 15, 2020 12:36 PM
QUEENSBURY - Her name is Emily LoPiccolo. She's 42, and until recently, she worked for Etain, a medical marijuana company in Chester.
Warren County's Sheriff Jim LaFarr says LoPiccolo falsified county documents, saying she had to be in quarantine for COVID-19 and therefore couldn't work for two weeks.
"She doctored this document to indicate that she was in fact on quarantine herself, which was not the case."
The sheriff says she forged the signature of Warren County Health Director Ginelle Jones on the quarantine document and the document clearing her to go back to work after two weeks.
Jones says 499 county residents have been in quarantine or isolation during the pandemic and all of them have been legit.
"Any time we're made aware, we do a little investigation and try to determine what's up. Most of the times, it's a legitimate scenario."
LoPiccolo is charged with forgery and possession of a forged instrument.
There was no answer at the front door of her Diamond Point home Monday afternoon.
The sheriff says LoPiccolo's employer suspected something was up, and he says she didn't act alone.
"The documents were copies of valid documents from health services, so she had some people that provided her with these legitimate documents that she could use as a guide."
Christopher Villamarin of Luzerne and Judith Baker of Lake George are charged with criminal facilitation.
The sheriff calls the situation sad.
"To take advantage of the situation and the circumstances that we're all in. COVID has affected all of us and to utilize this, to go to these lengths to get two weeks off work, it's really sad."
Forgery carries a maximum sentence of 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison.
The sheriff says LoPiccolo no longer works at Etain.
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