Janell Athalone-Afrika used the best excuse when being accused of defrauding the government out of more than $15,000 meant for the needy, it was the despicable act of her “evil twin”…not her.

Athalone-Afrika made $16.43 an hour working at the Indiana Department of Education, but she altered her pay warrants, using the signature stamp of her then-boss to show that she only made $8.52 an hour, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said Athalone-Afrika used the altered documents to qualify for more than $15,000 worth of services from the Childcare Development Fund, a program meant to provide affordable day care to needy families, based on income.

Investigators said Athalone-Afrika falsified documents 27 times between December 2002 and December 2010, when she was fired.

When officials with the Indiana Office of Inspector General interviewed Athalone-Afrika about the allegations, she claimed her evil twin sister had stolen her identity.

“It’s pretty clear we didn’t find any truth in the evil twin sister defense,” said Deputy Prosecutor Barb Trathen.

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