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Teacher Held in Forgery of Time-Off Requests

February 13, 2008

Teacher Held in Forgery of Time-Off Requests

The New York Times, February 5, 2008

Brenna Stewart, daughter of Lynne F. Stewart who was convicted of aiding terrorism by smuggling messages out of prison for a client, was recently arrested for falsifying documents she used to take time off from her teaching job.

According to a report by Richard J. Condon, the special commissioner of investigation for New York City schools, Brenna Stewart took nine days off in 2006 and 2007 for a variety of reasons. In one instance, Stewart submitted letters from her sister, which said that she was under her care for an “acute contagious illness.” School officials later realized that the sister was not licensed to practice in New York. Later, Stewart requested time off for a family funeral and submitted a death certificate, which is now believed to have been altered from a death that occurred two years earlier.

As desperate as these “vacation” requests may seem, it goes to show how easily a document can be falsified. Data tampering can be done to anything (don’t believe us? Check out our Data Integrity Challenge and see for yourself), not matter how unethical or immoral it may seem. This case is a good reminder to us all that we should always keep an eye on our records and never assume that any record is authentic unless the proper solutions were used to ensure integrity.

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