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Two years later, state worker accused of forgery

When Gregory Wait turned himself in Wednesday morning it had been twenty-three months since the crime he is alleged to have committed while working as a registered nurse at the Adirondack Clinic, operated in Corinth by the state's Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. Investigators say he has been on administrative leave since someone at OPWDD "uncovered" a forged prescription for valium and notified the Inspector General's office. Wait was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument and official misconduct.

Wait is fifty years old and lives in Middle Grove. He's been working for the state for thirty years. His father, David, is the former district attorney for Saratoga County. His brother, Jeffrey, is a city court judge in Saratoga Springs.

A news release from the IG says the prescription bore the signature stamp of a physician who works in the same clinic, a physician who - according to the release - told inspectors he did not approve nor stamp the prescription. The IG's office does not say when nor how the alleged forgery is supposed to have been found.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne has been prosecuting the case because the D.A. in Saratoga County, James Murphy, had a conflict of interest. He worked under David Wait and knows the Wait family. Neither Champagne nor John Pastore - Gregory Wait's attorney - could be reached for comment. IG spokesman Bill Reynolds could not be reached to provide details not contained in the agency's new release.