(WNY News Now) – A Former Erie County Correctional Health Director faced arraignment this morning in Buffalo City Court on charges of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a Class “E” felony, and Official Misconduct, a Class “A” misdemeanor. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn made the announcement.
Buffalo – The allegations stem from a period between December 30, 2021, and February 7, 2022, during which Christa M. Cutrona, aged 46, while serving as Director of Correctional Health for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, is accused of knowingly falsifying her timecards, resulting in fraudulent pay of approximately $1,300. The purported misconduct came to light following an internal audit, leading to Cutrona’s resignation from her position on July 15, 2022.
Cutrona’s next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing, and she has been released on her own recognizance since the charges do not qualify for bail. If found guilty of the most severe charge, she could face a maximum prison term of 4 years.