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Couple arrested for fake doctors excuses

Couple arrested for fake doctors excuses

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WATERLOO | A postal worker and his wife have been arrested for allegedly concocting phony doctors excuses to get out of work.

Joseph Edward Herold, 34, and Nichole Lee Herold, 34, of Waterloo, were arrested June 30 for tampering with records. They were released from jail pending trial.

The charges stem from a February investigation by the Postal Service Inspector General. Court records allege Joseph Herold worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and his wife was employed at Covenant Medical Center.

Joseph Herold allegedly gave the Post Office medical release from work forms and a family medical leave act certification for Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb. 20. An investigation determined he had not been seen by a doctor on those days, and forms purportedly signed by a nurse practitioner were forgeries.

Authorities allege Nichole Herold supplied and filled out the forms. She was terminated from Covenant for falsifying medical documentation, court records state.

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