CHP OFFICER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR POSSESSING BLANK PRESCRIPTION FORMS TO TAKE PAID MEDICAL TIME OFF FROM WORK


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 12NM01243






March 8, 2012

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

CHP OFFICER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR POSSESSING BLANK PRESCRIPTION FORMS TO TAKE PAID MEDICAL TIME OFF FROM WORK

 

FULLERTON – A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer will be arraigned tomorrow on charges of possessing blank prescription forms and using them to take paid medical time off from work. Deborah Therese Sparso, 46, Anaheim Hills, is charged with one misdemeanor count of manufacturing, copying or reproducing false prescription blank forms and faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted. Sparso is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, March 9, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-11, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

 

Between Sept. 15, 2008, and April 15, 2011, Sparso is accused of possessing blank prescription forms while working as a CHP officer in Westminster. Sparso is accused of using the blank forms to take excused, paid time off from work and receiving over $11,000 from the agency.  

 

The doctor whose name is on the prescription did not write the note or authorized anyone to write the note.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney John Christl of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case. 

 

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