Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Two Charged With Filing Fake Obituary

`Two people who police say conspired to get off of work for a few days by filing a fake obituary with a newspaper have been arrested.

James Ralph Snyder, 36, and Mary Jo Elizabeth Jensen, 33, both of Waterloo, participated in the scam by filing an obituary saying Jensen’s 17-year-old son had died, police said.

Snyder was charged with tampering with records. Jensen was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Snyder, claiming he was Daniel Reddout’s father, submitted the obituary to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier in December, police said.

Snyder, who is Jensen’s boyfriend, said Reddout died at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., after a lengthy illness, police said.

Later in the week, people who know the family and the teenager saw him at a downtown restaurant and called authorities, police said.’

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