The ‘Ol Fake Daughter’s Death Trick

Joan Barnett is one conniving lady.

The New York City school employee is no longer a NYC school employee after getting caught in a whopper of a lie.

She faked her own daughter’s death so she could take a 2 1/2 week vacation to Costa Rica back in March of 2010.  She actually talked one of her other daughters into calling the school to report that another daughter had suffered a heart attack in Costa Rica and Barnett needed to go to tend to her business.

Barnett even then provided a fake death certificate.

The certificate later was found to be a forgery because school officials became suspicious over mismatched fonts on the documents.  The school district even went so far to try and validate the document with the Costa Rican gov’t who told them it was not real, and that original version had been issued in 2005.

Barnett was fired from her job as a parent coordinator at the High School for Hospitality and Management.  She also plead guilty to document forgery and was sentenced to 10 days community service.

The whole story was first reported Tuesday by the New York Times.


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