It sounds like something out of a Seinfeld episode.  Faking a family member's death to take a vacation.  Only this wasn't a sit-com.

A New York City school employee has lost her job over accusations she faked her daughters death so she could take a Costa Rican vacation.

She told school officials her daughter had died in Costa Rica so she could spend 2 1/2 weeks there in 2010.

The school became suspicious due to the death certificate having different text fonts and misaligned test.  A Costa Rican official confirmed the document was fake.  She has plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

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