YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A day before two other reality-show celebrities were indicted by a federal grand jury in Newark, a former star of the Oxygen show “Bad Girls Club” was busted by Tenafly police for prescription fraud.
Florina “Flo” Kaja, 30, checked herself in to Englewood Medical Center under a different name on Saturday and then tried to use her hospital bracelet to fill a prescription at a CVS in Tenafly the next morning, police said today.
Billed as the first Albanian Muslim woman on reality TV and an outspoken advocate of LGBT rights, the “bisexual party girl” quickly posted $10,000 bail and was freed from the Bergen County Jail after being processed Sunday afternoon.
CLIFFVIEW PILOT has emailed and inboxed Kaja, seeking comment.
A woman who police said she was with, 27-year-old Veronica Gojcak of Yonkers (mugshots, bottom), was released on a summons.
Kaja has a home in Cresskill, one town over from Tenafly (see video, below).
Originally from Staten Island, “Flo” Kaja “always encourages women to stand up for themselves and is prepared to fight for the underdog at the drop of a hat,” according to her website, “Go With the ‘Flo.”
Kaja appeared on the breakout fourth season of Oxygen’s highly-rated show (Dec. 2009 to March 2010) and was a big winner in the 2010 Oxygen Viewers’ Choice Awards for categories that included “Best Hookup,” “Baddest Bad Girl” and “Realest Bad Girl.”
Now in its 11th season, “Bad Girls Club” assembles seven aggressive and combative women from different racial, ethnic and sexual backgrounds. Those deemed “bad girls” get to live for three months in a mansion, where they must obey specific rules (Violators are replaced). TV cameras also follow them whenever they leave.
The show has spawned a mobile app, a comic strip and other merchandise.
In one episode, Kaja gets into a fight with homophobic roommate and ends up with a broken ankle.
She leaves the show as a result, saying that the other roommates didn’t respect her. Oxygen said the exit episode drew 2.27 million viewers, its most ever — not counting reunion specials that she participated in.
A guest on “The Tyra Banks Show,” Kaja also had her own special, “Bad Girls Club: Flo Gets Married,” on Oxygen in February 2011. It featured her marriage to and pregnancy with Patriot “Pat Coso” Kosovrasti, a fellow Albanian, from whom she’s since split.
Earlier this year, Kaja participated in a “Bad Girls All-Star Battle,” making it to the final episode before finishing as first runner-up to the $100,000 winner, Jenniffer Hardwick. She was scheduled for a live “All-Star Battle” at a New York City nightclub tomorrow night (below, right).
This revealing interview is posted on YouTube:
According to her website, Kaja planned to tour college campuses with Mothers Against Drunk Driving “to speak out to students about the importance of drunk driving!” (That isn’t a typographical error.)
The daughter of Albanian immigrants, Kaja had an uncle involved in organized crime who was found dead when she was eight, according to her online biography.
She has been the hostess for various events along the East Coast, including for the Shy Shy Foundation in honor of Chantel Matiyosus, who was killed by gang violence in 2009 in Brockton, MA.
Among several tattoos, one on Kaja’s right shoulder says, “Be Good,” while another on her left shoulder says: “Be Bad.”
MUGSHOTS: Courtesy TENAFLY PD