22/09/2014 12:05 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Teacher Used Daughter's Fingerprints To Hide Criminal Past


A teacher used her daughter's fingerprints to lie to authorities about her criminal past.

With her daughter's help, Samantha Burmis, 46, conned Aylesford School in Kent into believing she had a clean record so that she could get a job.

She then planned to sue the school for £1.2 million for unfair dismissal, reports Mail Online.

But the tribunal found out that she had an undeclared conviction for a £90,000 mortgage fraud dating back to 1995.

Knowing that she had a conviction on file, Burmis gave authorities her daughter Nina's fingerprints instead of her own.

However, her conviction came to light because 25-year-old Nina's prints were already on file after she was convicted of forging a cheque to pay for a breast enlargement.

As a result, Burmis was jailed for two years for fraud and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice at Maidstone Crown Court.

Her daughter was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, for her role in the scam.

Burmis, also known as Samantha Virgo, has now been banned from working as a teacher for life after a National College for Teaching and Leadership hearing in Coventry.

Professional Conduct Panel chairman Ruth Winterson said: "The panel noted that the serious dishonesty involved in committing the offences could have had an impact on the safety or security of pupils and members of the public."