Woman accused of making false claim against herself to get placed on paid leave

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An employee with the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is accused of making false abuse claims against herself in order to receive several weeks of paid administrative leave, according to law enforcement officials.

State police said the OPWDD of Oneida County received an anonymous complaint against employee Heather L. Race, 40, of West Leyden.

Race was placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation was conducted between the state police and the state Justice Center.

The investigation determined that Race made the anonymous complaint against herself, and the alleged abuse was not true, authorities stated.

As a result, troopers said Race received $6,934.76 over the course of eight weeks of paid administrative leave. Race is charged with one count each of third-degree grand larceny, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and first-degree falsifying business records, all felonies, troopers said. She was arraigned in court and was released on her own recognizance.

She is to reappear in court.

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