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#1 Hum

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 15:01

A city school employee scammed a week off for a Costa Rica vacation by staging the mother of all hoaxes — convincing her bosses she couldn’t work because her daughter had died.

Joan Barnett, a parent coordinator at the Manhattan High School of Hospitality Management, was so determined to make the spring break jaunt that she:

* Had one of her daughters call the school to say that her sister had suffered a heart attack in Costa Rica.

* Had another daughter call the school later that day to say that the sister had died and that about a dozen relatives, including Barnett, were traveling to the country for a funeral.

* Faxed a forged death certificate of her daughter “Xinia Daley Herman” to school as proof of the death. The document is required if a city school employee asks for bereavement days.

Thanks to the scam, Barnett, 58, was able to spend 21/2 weeks in March 2010 — including her school-sanctioned spring break — in the tropical paradise, city investigators said.

But the fun in the sun didn’t last long.

A school official quickly grew suspicious of the death certificate because it contained “slightly different fonts which were not aligned properly,” according to a report by special schools investigator Richard Condon.

Costa Rican government officials later confirmed to a city investigator that the certificate was a fake, noting the document had identification numbers that actually corresponded to a man and had been issued in 2005.

Costa Rican officials also told the investigator it “does not issue death certificates five years prior to a person’s date of death,” according to court records.

Investigators also were able to determine that Barnett booked the tickets for her vacation more than three weeks before she left — long before she claimed her daughter croaked.

When confronted with the forgery evidence, Barnett insisted the death certificate was real and that her daughter “died of a heart condition,” investigators said.

Barnett even submitted another death certificate — this time with the month and year changed to March 2010, according to court records.

The morbid plot cost Barnett her $37,000-a-year job at the school. She also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor over the forgery in Manhattan Criminal Court this fall, records show.

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#2 monkey13

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 15:05

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

#3 Steven P.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 15:05

Idiot.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 15:09

Barnett even submitted another death certificate — this time with the month and year changed to March 2010, according to court records.


This is the icing on the stupid cake.

Official: We think your death certificate is suspicious and possibly not genuine.

Stupid Woman: Try this one instead.

#5 Patrick831

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 15:20

Costa Rica must be really nice! :laugh:

#6 M_Lyons10

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 15:28

Wow. People are just unbelievable. She deserves what she got. I can only hope that she's now blacklisted from other teaching jobs...

#7 still1

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 15:35

what? wtf? why cant she just take a week off?

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 16:03

Wow all that effort just to take an extra week off. Stupid lady deserves what she got.