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Woman Sentenced To Prison For Fingerprint Fraud


Burmis had been pursuing an employment tribunal claim against Kent County Council for unfair dismissal and racial and sexual discrimination.

The dispute related to her employment as a teacher at a school in Aylesford, between 2001 and 2005, and for which she was awarded £21,788 in compensation.

She had hoped to get as much £1.2 million, but was awarded a lesser amount because it was discovered she had been imprisoned for a year for fraud in 1995, but had failed to declare this when applying for teaching posts.

Burmis decided to fake her fingerprints to clear her name, in the hope she would then be awarded more compensation.

She complained to Kent Police she had been wrongly identified as a person having previous convictions and in 2008 arranged for an independent expert to visit her and take her fingerprints.
Concealed face

When the expert arrived at the pair’s home her daughter, Nina Burmis, 23, appeared with her face concealed so only her eyes were showing. She produced a driving license in her mother’s name but gave her fingerprints.

The pair’s deception was uncovered because police also held records of Nina Burmis’ fingerprints.

Samantha Burmis was found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice at Maidstone Crown Court on July 2.

She was also convicted of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, in relation to money she had earned whilst employed as a teacher at a school in Aylesford.

Nina Burmis, who was also found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years.

DS Sam Hudson-Gool said: `Samantha Burmis has been shown to be a very manipulative person.

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