By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Prosecutors are asking for help from the public in locating a Montgomery County woman accused of forging doctor’s letters in order to steal sick time from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Authorities say Samantha Sinkler failed to show up for sentencing earlier this month on two DUI cases.  They say the 36-year-old woman also failed to appear last month for a hearing on forgery and identity theft charges.

Sinkler is accused of claiming she had cancer and suffered from seizures in order to steal $12,000 worth of sick time from the state and from some of her sympathetic co-workers, who donated their days off to help her (see previous story).

“She was ripping off the taxpayers,” says prosecutor Noah Marlier.  “She was a corrections officer at Graterford, so she was a state employee, and she was getting paid sick time based on these fraudulent letters, so this is a very serious case and we would like to know where she is.”

They believe she may be in the Pottstown area, and they’re hoping someone will come forward with information.

Marlier says there are several victims in this case, and prosecutors have already frozen her state pension hoping those victims will get paid back at some point (another related story).

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