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

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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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