In a story on March 13, 2009 that Paul Casson, 28, an EMT was arrested and charged with forging a nurse’s signature and abandoning a five year old at the hospital. A spokeswoman for the Department of Investigation said that Casson did not want to wait and fill out the necessary paperwork so he forged the necessary documentation required before he left the hospital. ETM’s are required to fill out Patient Care Reports and have them signed by a corresponding nurse.
Casson is accused of endangering the welfare of a child in New York when he left a five year old at Lincoln Hospital. Casson was called to a vehicle accident scene on Deceember 31, and was transporting the child who did not sustain life threatening injuries to the hospital.
In a rush to make it to his New Year’s engagement, he lost all regards of professionalism and compassion. He now sits in jail awaiting trial. If convicted, Casson faces seven years in prison.
Forgery in New York is defined as “knowingly and with the intent to defraud, making, altering, or possessing any writing that purports to be made by another person, at another time, with different provisions, or by authority of one who did not give such authority and utters and delivers such writing”.
In these cases, the intent of the person accused of forging the writing is often at issue. Forgery is a felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison.Writing bad checks in New York is also a common offense. A bad check worth less than $500.00 is a misdemeanor and a check for more than $500.00 is a felony.
If you have been charged with any type of fraud in New York, it is imperative that you contact the skilled New York criminal defense lawyers to ensure that you receive aggressive legal representation.