Joan Barnett was looking forward to enjoying her holiday, that she decided to have an extra week vacation in Costa Rica. There was only one problem – she was due back at work.
The New York school employee came up with a cunning plan to get an extra week of vacation.
Barnett, 58, forged a death certificate for her daughter city investigators said.
A recently released report from Richard Condon, special schools investigator for the city, said Joan Barnett, 58, a parent coordinator at the Manhattan High School of Hospitality Management, had one of her daughters call the school to say her sister had suffered a heart attack in Costa Rica.
Condon’s report said Barnett then had another daughter call to say the heart attack was fatal and the family was traveling to Costa Rica for the funeral.
The report said that Barnett forged a death certificate for “Xinia Daley Herman” to meet the school system’s requirement for bereavement days.
A school official became suspicious of the death certificate because it contained “slightly different fonts which were not aligned properly,” Condon’s report read.
Costa Rican government officials confirmed the certificate was a fake and investigators determined Barnett had purchased her plane tickets three weeks prior to her trip.
Barnett was fired from the school and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor forgery.