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Graterford Prison Guard Charged With Faking Doctor’s Notes For Time Off

SKIPPACK TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – A Collegeville woman is facing several felony forgery and related charges, accused of faking letters from her doctors in order to steal sick time from her employer, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Samantha Sinkler worked as a corrections officer at Graterford Prison in Montgomery County.  Prosecutors say she was also forging letters from her doctors in 2009, claiming they were treating her for cancer and seizures and she needed additional time off from her job.

Prosecutor Noah Marlier says the 35-year-old woman received additional sick days at full pay — taxpayer’s money.

“In fact, some of her colleagues (and) co-workers donated from their sick bank — donated sick days so that she could have days off,” Marlier tells KYW Newsradio.

Marlier says the investigation began earlier this year when they found the letters in Sinkler’s case files.

She’s also facing DUI charges.

Marlier says the letters just seemed suspicious because they had spelling errors and misstatements.

Court records show she also forged a doctor’s signature when she applied for benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Linda j

    I bet she sick now!!

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  • kim jones

    doctors do not fill out alot of there forms given to them by there patients they have records people and there assistants do this the doctors then read the forms and then sign them her fmla forms were signed by both doctors ppl should find out al the fact before they judge ppl

  • CC

    Job opening at Graterford!
    it’s one thing to take sick leave, but to abuse it, take it from your kind hearted co-workers and leave shifts at the prison short handed…you not only stole from them but put them in harms way because of understaffing.

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