A former director at Baker Victory Services is accused of forging 67 documents pertaining to abuse allegations at the youth treatment program.
Kristin Hauser, 55, of Williamsville faces 67 counts of forgery in the second degree, a class D Felony; and 67 counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and 67 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, both class E felonies.
Hauser, director of quality improvement for Baker Victory, is accused of falsifying statements and witness signatures on reports related to investigations of abuse and neglect of clients of Baker Victory.
The individuals who supposedly made the statements – both employees and clients – were unaware of what she was doing, according to the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, which investigated the case.
Hauser worked for Baker Victory for 27 years and was responsible for approving and filing incident reports. According to the charges, she also created the reports herself. and submitted them to the state Office of Mental Health and Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, which license Baker Victory to operate.
The forgeries allegedly were made between 2014 and 2016 and relate to 28 cases of abuse and neglect.
Hauser was arrested Jan. 10 and reportedly resigned from her position.
She was arraigned in Erie County Court Tuesday and is free on $20,000 bond.
Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning said in a statement that the Justice Center is working with Baker Victory and the state agencies to reinvestigate the abuse and neglect cases involved.
Story topics: Erie County Court