A state employee and his wife have been arrested after an investigation found they allegedly forged a doctor's note to secure time off from his government job. 

State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott's inquiry found Gregory Jones, a safety and security officer at the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center in Utica, submitted a a standard medical certification form in September claiming he had a medical reason for taking time off of work. 

The form was provided by a doctor's office where Brooks Jones, Gregory Jones' wife, is employed. The investigation revealed the doctor who purportedly signed the form never treated Gregory Jones and said the signature on the form wasn't his own. 

Gregory Jones has been charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, both felonies. Brooks Jones was also charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. 

"By obtaining and using fraudulent medical records, this couple violated the public trust inherent to the position Mr. Jones has held with the state of New York," Scott said. "I will pursue any public employee who uses falsified documents to defraud the government." 

Gregory Jones was arraigned and released pending further action in Utica City Court. Brooks Jones was also arraigned and released. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 2 at New Hartford town court. 

The cases are being prosecuted by Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara's office. The state police assisted with the investigation. 

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