Woman Admits Faking Daughter’s Death to Get More Vacation Time

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

vacation-mom-bgNEW YORK — A school employee is accused of faking her own daughter’s death in order to get another week of vacation in Costa Rica.

At the time, Joan Barnett was a parent coordinator at the Manhattan School of Hospitality Management.

Authorities say she was so determined to extend her 2010 vacation that in she had one of her daughters call the school and lie about her sister having a heart attack.

She even went so far as to provide school officials with a fake death certificate.

When the truth finally came out, Barnett ultimately lost her job.

In August 2010, another school employee, this time in the Bronx said faked the death of her mother to explain missing three days of work.

An issue with the death certificate in that case also led to her ultimately being fired.

That same year in Pennsylvania, an award winning special education teacher was arrested for allegedly lying about having an inoperable brain tumor.

Fifty-one-year-old Leslie Herneisey of Middletown is accused of faking documents about her illness to get time off from work.

According to police Herneisey forged papers stating she needed 8 weeks off to undergo chemotherapy.

But Herneisey went a step further when she allegedly accepted money colleagues raised to send her on a free trip to Disney World.

Herneisey admitted the fabrication and resigned.

She was ultimately charged with 12 counts of forgery.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s