LAWRENCE - Neftaly Reyes, the school worker who last week confessed to forging a city document in order to keep her Section 8 subsized housing payment, is no longer on the public school payroll.

Reyes, 36, of 33 Camella Teoli Way, "is no longer working for the Lawrence Public Schools," said Mary Lou Bergeron, acting school superintendent.

Police expect Reyes, a mother of two, to be arraigned on forgery and uttering charges in Lawrence District Court within the next two weeks.

Reyes, who was a clerk at the Lawlor elementary school, admitted to police she forged the signature of Sal Petralia, the school department's former human resources director, on bogus salary verification paperwork. Reyes said she did so in order to keep her $739 per-month housing subsidy payment.

Police learned of the forgery after an anonymous letter was left for Christopher Cody, Lawlor school principal. Enclosed with the letter was a copy of the fake salary document, which showed Petralia's signature taped to it.

School officials also held a disciplinary hearing on the matter. Bergeron could not say what happened during the hearing, only that Reyes no longer works for the district.

Reyes, in papers filed in March, claimed she made $23,466 for the past two years when she actually earned $35,481 last year and stood to make $36,540 this year, according to a police report.

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