A woman has admitted forging her daughter's death certificate in order to spend an extra week holidaying in Costa Rica.
The woman, 58-year-old Joan Barnett, who worked for the Manhattan High School of Hospitality Management, got one of her daughters to call her workplace to say her sister had suffered a heart attack in Costa Rica.
The New York Daily News reported another daughter then rang the school later in the day to report the sister had died and her mother had to fly to the funeral.
Barnett spent two and a half weeks in Costa Rica in March 2010.
She forged a death certificate from Costa Rica for "Xinia Daley Herman" but was caught out when a schools investigator found the certificate had slightly different fonts to official Costa Rican death certificates.
Barnett was also found to have booked her flights three weeks before the date on the death certificate, the New York Daily News reported.Barnett pled guilty to forgery and has lost her job at the school.
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