Report: NYC School Employee Faked Family Death
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A NYC school employee pleaded guilty to forgery and lost her job after faking her daughter's death, a special investigations office said. Officials said she carried out the fabrication so she could enjoy a longer vacation. (Jan. 9)

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[Location - Date:NEW YORK --- COURTESY WABC -- JAN 9][Source:][VO:]TRACK#1 AN EMPLOYEE AT THIS NEW YORK HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT SCHOOL IS *OUT* OF WORK AND *IN* BIG TROUBLE AFTER SHE FAKED HER DAUGHTER'S DEATH.AND SHE DID IT ALLEGEDLY TO QUALIFY FOR MORE VACATION TIME ON A TRIP TO COSTA RICA.THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEW YORK CITY INVESTIGATION.OFFICIALS SAY THE SCHEME BEGAN WHEN A DAUGHTER OF THE EMPLOYEE DIALED THE SCHOOL AND SAID THAT HER SISTER HAD BECOME ILL.[Notes:OST --RICHARD CONDON/SPECIAL COMMISSIONER OF INVESTIGATION -- WABC -- JAN. 9]"couple hours later, second daughter called...said daughter in costa rica had died of a heart attack...whole family was going down to costa rica for a wake and funeral."[Notes:VO -----------]INVESTIGATORS SAY THE EMPLOYEE ACTUALLY BOOKED HER FLIGHT TO COSTA RICA WEEKS IN ADVANCE.THEY SAY SHE LATER SUBMITTED A FORGED DEATH CERTIFICATE THAT UPPED THE FAKERY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.BUT THEY SAY THE PRINCIPAL WASN'T FOOLED.[Notes:sot --------------------RICHARD CONDON / SPECIAL COMMISSIONER OF INVESTIGATION -- JAN 9 -- WABC]"there were different sized fonts."[Notes:sot ------------------------DESTINY DAVIS/ STUDENT -- WABC -- JAN 9]"doing that to a child...and stating that they died...just to go on a vacation...i feel that's not right."[Notes:vo -------------------------------WABC]INVESTIGATORS SAY THE NUMBERS ON THE DEATH CERTIFICATE WERE ACTUALLY FOR A MAN'S DEATH IN 2005.OFFICIALS SAY IN THE END, THE EMPLOYEE NOT ONLY LOST HER JOB -- BUT ALSO PLEADED GUILTY TO FORGERY.------------------------THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: NED BARKER---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: WABC-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: DONNA STARDDARD----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: COURTESY----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:v6561BC-ABCN1:wsDeathDeceitNY