Brazilian doctors trick biometric scanners with a bag full of fake fingers


Six silicone fingers, all aligned.

The BBC is one of many outlets carrying the weird story of a Brazilian doctor arrested for allegedly defrauding his employer, a hospital in the city of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, near São Paulo. At the time of her arrest, she was equipped with a total of sixteen fingers, ten of which were given to her by God, and six of which were made of silicone and given to her by co-workers. At least three of the extra fingers bore the fingerprints of fellow doctors at the hospital.

The doctor, Thaune Nunes Ferreira, 29, claims through his lawyer that she was forced to use the silicone fingers to log into the hospital’s timecard system to cover up absent colleagues . “She says she was innocent because it was a condition they imposed on her to keep her job,” notes the lawyer.

According to Bangkok Post and several other sources, Brazilian network Globo TV International obtained and broadcast footage of Ferreira clocking in at the hospital with his own digits permanently attached, then touching the same fingerprint scanner with two of the silicone fakes. The scanner produced paper time card receipts for her and the two employees who owned the silicone fingerprints. In this way, the Post notes, “it looked like there were three doctors on call when there was only one.”

So far, five doctors at the hospital have been suspended for allegedly taking part in the scam, allowing them to pay without showing up for work. However, this is an endemic problem of a much larger “ghost employee” at Ferraz de Vasconcelos. The mayor has speculated that there are at least 300 additional public employees in the city, spread across health, education and security, who are involved in similar card fraud. pointing. The members of this “ghost army”, as the mayor calls it, all receive a salary without showing up for work.

It’s not specified if the army of ghosts employs an army of silicone fingers to point them, but it would certainly be scary.


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