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10 June 2023

Woman fakes daughter's death for days off


A 58-year-old woman forged her daughter's death certificate to get a few extra days off so that she could extend her holiday in Costa Rica by another week.

Joan Barnett was employed by the Manhattan High School of Hospitality Management. She asked one of her daughters to call up the institute and inform them that her sister suffered a heart attack in Costa Rica.

The New York Daily News said that another daughter then called the school later to report that the sister had died and the mother had to fly to the funeral in Costa Rica.

However, Barnett got caught when she submitted her so-called daughter's death certificate and one of the officials found out that the font used on the fake certificate did not match those used on official Costa Rican death certificates.

Upon further investigation, it was found that Barnett had booked her holiday tickets to Costa Rica three weeks prior to the 'death' of her daughter, said the daily.

Needless to mention, Barnett lost her job. 


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