YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Florina “Flo” Kaja apparently thought she might catch a break when she told two Tenafly police officers investigating her for prescription fraud that she was once the star of the “Bad Girls Club” reality show – only the hospital bracelet she’d just used to order more than a dozen Percoset from a local CVS pharmacy had another woman’s name on it, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.
Persistence by Tenafly Officers Jason Heese and Sean Gaffney, who were summoned by a CVS customer concerned by the behavior of Kaja and a friend who was with her, led to the arrests of both women.
The customer said he’d seen the two “acting drunk” and was afraid that they’d get into an accident with their car, Tenafly Police Capt. John Trainor told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Kaja had just submitted a prescription to be filled and was waiting in the car with 27-year-old Veronica Gojcak of Yonkers when Heese and Gaffney pulled into the CVS lot Sunday morning.
“They had that look about them where they might have been intoxicated,” Trainor said the customer told police.
During their conversation with the two women, the officers learned of Kaja’s TV role. They also noticed that she had a hospital bracelet from Englewood Medical Center with another woman’s name on it, Trainor said.
It was then that Kaja received a text from the CVS pharmacist that her prescription for 15 Percoset had been filled, the captain said.
After obtaining her consent to search the car, Heese and Gaffney said they found five Oxycodone pills. Neither woman had a prescription for them, Trainor said.
Both were taken into custody.
Gojcak was released on a summons to answer a drug possession charge in Municipal Court. Kaja, meanwhile, was taken to the Bergen County Jail, where she posted $10,000 bail and was released soon after.
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News of the arrests broke around the same time as that of federal grand jury indictments out of Newark against two other reality TV celebrities – Teresa and Giuseppe Giudice of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” show.
An investigation by Tenafly police found that Kaja went to the emergency room at Englewood Medical Center on Saturday complaining of knee pain while using another woman’s identification.
“We’re not sure how she got hold of it – whether she borrowed it or stole it,” Trainor told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon. “We’re in the process of determining that.”
The treating physician gave her five Percoset, with a prescription for 15 more made out in the name of the woman’s whose identity Kaja was using, the captain said.
Billed as the first Albanian Muslim woman on reality TV, and an outspoken advocate of LGBT rights, Kaja has a home in Cresskill, one town over from Tenafly. It was a quick drive to the CVS the next day.
Trainor said she told the pharmacist there that she didn’t have her ID with her – but said the ER doctor at Englewood told her that she could simply show the bracelet.
The pharmacist checked the date, then told Kaja she could wait while the order was being filled, the captain said.
Then came the call to police.
“I’m glad the observant citizen took action,” Trainor said. “It was good work by the officers, too. Who knows what could have happened if she was allowed to drive?”