Sunday 18 February 2018

Teacher jailed after forging dance certs

Jennifer Cockerell

A dance teacher who forged her pupils' certificates to enhance her reputation was jailed for two years yesterday, British police said.

Amanda Brugnoli-Lines presided over the Dance Lines Academy in Croydon, south London, as well as other dance schools where she boosted her pupils' grades in order to make herself look better.

The 36-year-old, of Beech Hill, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, lived in Surrey at the time of the offences and was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court.

She had earlier pleaded guilty to 22 counts of forgery, one count of fraud and one count of perverting the course of justice, a spokeswoman for the police said.

The court heard she replaced the dance certificates of her pupils, some of whom were as young as three, with false ones that gave them a higher grade or better result.

In some cases she reproduced the true result on a forged certificate so that all her students' certificates had a uniform appearance.

She also forged examination and presentation results sheets that would accompany dance certificates.

The exams included those taken with examining bodies such as the Royal Academy of Dance, the Imperial Society of Teaching of Dancing and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Detective Inspector David Cooper said: "Brugnoli-Lines attempted to create a web of lies and deceit around her in a bid to cover up her crimes and deflect attention away from her."

Irish Independent

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