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Two women charged in fake teacher incident in Waterford

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Waterford Township — A Flint woman and her mother have been charged with obtaining money under false pretenses in a scheme in which the daughter tried to stand in for her mother at a substitute teaching job at a township grade school.

Dayonlynn Diare Bell, 24, and Donna Patrice Farley, 44, both of Flint, were charged Tuesday in Waterford 51st District court with the misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Bell was given a $5,000-10 percent cash bond and Farley, a $2,500-10 percent bond. Both are due back in court Feb. 23.

Police were called to the Riverside Elementary School in Waterford at 10:08 a.m. Monday on a complaint of a woman impersonating a substitute teacher. The suspect, Bell, was asked to show some identification and she handed over identification belonging to her mother, who was scheduled to work as a substitute teacher at the school.

Donna Patrice Farley

Bell said she was standing in for her mother because the older woman had a prior appointment she didn't want to miss. During the interview at the police station a woman who fit the description of Farley was noticed in a vehicle in the parking lot .

Farley was interviewed by police and both women admitted their motive for committing the fraud was strictly monetary.

School officials became suspicious of Bell when she failed to display her photo ID badge at the school, which is routine.

mmartindale@detroitnews.com

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