Brazilian Doctors Accused in Fake Finger Fraud
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Ever wish you could get paid to do nothing? A group of doctors in Sao Paolo, Brazil has found a way to make that wish come true by fooling the biometric finger scanner used to clock in at their workplace.
AFP reports that five doctors at a hospital in the Ferraz de Vasconcelos area of Sao Paolo were accused of making silicone fingers imbedded with their colleagues prints and then using them to punch in for one another when they weren’t at work.
This doctor was not accused of fraud along with her coworkers because, according to her lawyer, she was forced to participate in the scam as a condition of her employment.
And it looks like the five doctors who have been suspended already might just be the tip of the iceberg. Another Brazilian television network reports that the head of the emergency department has been fraudulently scanning his daughter into work for years, although she’s never been seen working at the hospital.
Acir Fillo, mayor of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, said that there may be as many as 300 hospital employees who don’t actually exist but who have nonetheless been receiving pay.