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US man pubilshed fake obit of mother to get bereavement pay

Published 12/12/2011 | 11:13

Scott Bennett, a US man, published a fake obituary for his living mother in a ploy to get paid bereavement time off work, police have alleged.

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Relatives called The Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper in Pennsylvania after the obituary appeared to say the woman was actually alive and well.



The woman herself then visited the paper.



Police charged 45-year-old Bennett with disorderly conduct.



Newspaper editor Randy Bartley said he accepted the obituary in good faith after being unable to confirm the funeral arrangements at press time.



He told The Derrick newspaper on Friday that the woman was very understanding.



Police Chief Ken Dworek said Bennett wrote up the memorial notice because he did not want to get sacked for taking time off.



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