Parents fake son’s death to get day off

WATERLOO, IA – Two people who police say conspired to get off of work for a few days by filing a fake obituary with a newspaper have been arrested.

James Ralph Snyder, 36, and Mary Jo Elizabeth Jensen, 33, both of Waterloo, participated in the scam by filing an obituary saying Jensen’s 17-year-old son had died, police said.

Snyder was charged with tampering with records. Jensen was charged with being an accessory after the fact. 


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