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Employee with Pasco Sheriff accused of falsifying records

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 22:41:13-04

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- Another local sheriff’s office employee with child protective services was arrested in the Tampa Bay area within the last two months.

This time the employee was accused of falsifying records.

Last month, it happened in Pinellas County but on Wednesday, it happened in Pasco County.

RELATED: Pinellas County child protective services worker accused of falsifying records

Julianna Nicolaro was with the sheriff’s office for two years and investigators went through about 200 of her cases; looking for any potential crimes.

According to Sheriff Chris Nocco, before that, investigators found 11 cases of documents being falsified during a random quality check.

Basically, deputies were going out on child protective investigation calls and writing reports.

Sheriff Nocco said Nicolaro was copying their information from those reports and putting them into her own words.

She also falsified, in some cases, that people took drug tests, according to Nocco.

Nocco said they went through all those cases to make sure nothing else slipped through the cracks and to make sure all those kids were safe and that anybody who needed to take a drug test took a drug test.

“When you talk about child protective investigation; that is not an easy position. They’re handling a lot of cases. There’s a heavy workload and it’s not just in Pasco County it’s anybody that’s child protective investigation. So, you know, to those that are out there doing a good job every day, day in and day out; thank you,” Nocco said.

As of Wednesday, there was no clear motive behind the allegations against Nicolaro.