Oil City Woman Accused of Forgery for Allegedly Altering Doctor’s Excuse

| May 18, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A 37-year-old woman is being charged after allegedly altering a doctor’s excuse from UPMC Emergency Room.

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 37-year-old Shannon Ziegler, of Oil City.

According to a criminal complaint, Patrolman Rosenberger was sent to the Seventh Street Elementary School in Oil City on Monday, May 14, for a report of a forgery.

Upon arriving at the school, Patrolman Rosenberger spoke with support staff who gave him a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center school release form they believed to be altered. According to the staff, they contacted UPMC Northwest ER and faxed and consulted with the staff there to verify that extra dates were placed on the document, the complaint states.

According to the staff at UPMC, the document had been altered. They indicated that the entire document would have been typed and dates would not have been added or handwritten into the document by staff.

After reviewing the document, Patrolmen Rosenberger and Culp made contact with Shannon Ziegler, the mother of the child. Ziegler allegedly admitted that she added the dates for being absent and signed the doctor’s initials on the document.

When asked why she altered the document, Ziegler stated, “the doctor forgot to put the other dates on there,” the complaint indicates.

One count of first-degree misdemeanor Forgery-Alter Writing was filed against Ziegler on Thursday, May 17, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, with Judge Fish presiding.

A certified summons was issued to Ziegler on May 17.


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