Fake teacher loses home and entire 20-year salary over alleged falsified documents

Italian financial police have seized nearly $400,000 in assets from a veteran high school teacher accused of fraud and using a false document for allegedly presenting false credentials required for her profession.

The woman, who has not been identified, has been a teacher or substitute teacher at Varese for 21 years. Financial police said in a January 15 statement that the seized assets included wages, unemployment benefits and severance pay. Additionally, according to police, they seized eight lots, a nine-room apartment, two garages, a motorcycle and a car, as well as $189,000 in deposits and bank accounts.

The video of the seizures was posted online by the financial police on January 15.

“In particular, the activities of the economic and financial police had aimed, on the one hand, to verify the diploma which [the teacher] presented to the schools and which later turned out to be false because the teacher had never even enrolled in the university where, as she attested, she had graduated with honors and, on the other hand , the reconstruction of the [money] accumulated illegally by the suspect,” the Guardia di Finanza (Financial Police) said in its statement.

Police say the teacher never enrolled at the university from which she said she graduated cum laude.

Italian authorities have seized nearly $400,000 in assets from a high school teacher accused of fraud and using a false document for allegedly presenting false credentials required for her profession. Above, a file image shows a pile of homework on a teacher’s desk.
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“The Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated the operation, which was carried out from an administrative-fiscal point of view and from a criminal point of view, with the preventive seizure of the assets for the purpose of confiscation, which, in the event of conviction, will allow the assets seized in advance for a value equivalent to the sum unduly received by the suspect will be allocated to the Public Treasury, ”said the financial police.

The teacher was reported to the judicial authority of Varese for fraud and use of false documents, said the financial police, “having obtained the insertion in the provincial rankings of substitutes in schools located in the province of Varese since 2000 “, and continuously made substitutions at various local schools using the fake diploma.

It is currently unclear whether the woman has been formally charged. No court date had been announced at the time of writing.

Italy’s militarized Guardia di Finanza, part of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, is responsible for combating financial crime and smuggling, and also works to suppress the illegal drug trade in the country .

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