Joan Barnett

Joan Barnett

NEW 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.