© Miri WTPOTUS November 30, 2012
Here’s an interesting story about a graduate student, Victoria Marut, who told her teachers and fellow students that she had terminal cancer. They all sympathized and supported her; they donated gifts and planned a fundraiser on her behalf.
When she started skipping classes and field work assignments, things got dicey:
Truman professor Peter Kelly required Marut to get a note from her doctor to see whether she was physically able to complete her work. When a legitimate-looking note arrived a short time later … Reger [principal of the primary school where Marut worked] still didn’t buy it.
Reger thought Kelly should check with the doctor to verify the information …
Marut had never been a patient … [the doctor] could “unequivocally confirm that this letter is a forgery,” according to police.
The Adair County prosecutor charged Marut with felony forgery on Nov. 14. … Marut could be charged with stealing by deception for accepting gifts.
Johnson said that when he questioned Marut about the letter, she admitted to making it on her computer. …
Regular readers will quickly figure out why this story is interesting to us. Here we have an ordinary person who fibbed about her medical condition. When called on it, she forged a doctor’s note, something that’s probably done very often by students all over the country. Seems there was even an episode of “Leave It to Beaver” focused on the subject of forging notes to teachers.
Something tells me that Wally wasn’t charged with felony forgery, as was Marut. In addition, Ms. Marut may very well face charges for “stealing by deception.” She presented her teachers and her employer with a doctor’s note that she forged on her computer. Now she might go to jail for felony forgery and stealing by deception.
Is there a double standard in this country? You be the judge.