Waterford Township — A Flint woman is accused of trying to pose as her mother to work as a substitute teacher.

Twenty-four-year-old Dayonlynn Bell and her mother, 44-year-old Donna Farley, each pleaded not guilty to a charge of false pretenses Tuesday. Both asked for court-appointed attorneys.

According to a press release, Bell used her mother’s teacher identification Monday while pretending to be a substitute teacher at Riverside Elementary School in Waterford Township. She was arrested after being confronted by school officials.

Bell allegedly told investigators with the Watertown Police Department that she impersonated her mother because Farley didn’t want to miss an appointment. The police department claims the women admitted they followed through with the scheme because they needed money.

Both of them are scheduled to return to court next week.

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