Second man accused of forging school medical excuses

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From staff reports

A second man is facing numerous charges in connection with the creation of forged medical excuses for a student at Oil City Middle School.

Casey McNaughton, 25, of Oil City, is facing eight felony counts each of forgery and conspiracy-forgery in addition to eight misdemeanor counts each of identity theft and conspiracy-identity theft.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Andrew Fish’s office said that between October and March, McNaughton and Thomas Scott III, 45, created fraudulent medical excuses for Scott’s child to present to Oil City Middle School.

The two men assumed the identity of three separate medical providers of Butler Health Systems and Seneca Medical Center, the complaint said.

In a police interview on March 23, Scott denied physically creating the documents himself and implicated McNaughton as the one to provide the forged excuses, the complaint said.

He also said that McNaughton also provided fraudulent excuses to Scott’s sister-in-law in Erie County and to other people Scott knew, the complaint said.

McNaughton was arraigned before Fish and released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday in Central Court.

Scott is facing eight felony counts each of conspiracy-forgery and forgery, in addition to eight misdemeanor counts each of conspiracy-identity theft, identity theft and corruption of minors.

He was released on $15,000 unsecured bail, and his preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled April 11 in Central Court.