QUEENSBURY – A Diamond Point woman was charged on Friday for allegedly falsifying Warren County Health’s COVID-19 quarantine documents so that she could stay home from work, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said.
Emily M. LoPiccolo, 42, of Canoe Lane allegedly submitted the documents putting her under a 14-day quarantine to her employer, Etain LLC in Chestertown, deputies said. She then created a second document to release herself from quarantine on which she allegedly forged the signature of the county’s director of health.
LoPiccolo was charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, all felonies, deputies said.
The chair of the Warren County Board of Supervisors Frank Thomas said the alleged fraud was discovered by a county health worker who reported it on May 20.
“Everyone in our community has made sacrifices because of COVID, including businesses who have done their duty as employers to make accommodations for their workers who were sick and those who were placed in isolation and quarantine,” Thomas said. “We are very disappointed to learn that a person would try to take advantage of this situation for their own personal gain. This conduct is beyond the pale and we will push for full prosecution of this case through the court system.”
Two others were also charged with misdemeanor criminal facilitation for sharing the documents.
Warren County Health Services encourages businesses with concerns or questions about COVID-related documents submitted by their employees to contact the department at 518- 761-6580.