A member of Russian police force used his younger brother who looks almost like him to cover for him whenever he needed some time off from work. He managed to deceive everyone for one whole year.
Yaroslav Spivak and his younger brother Oleg could pass for twins, and utilized this to the full extend when Yaroslav felt like having a day off, and managed to get away with it for almost a year.
Yaroslav would send Oleg, both in their early 20s, to work instead of him at a think-tank centre at Skolkovo Innovation Centre near Moscow.
Yaroslav was working as a security personnel for a company related to the Russian interior ministry called Ohrana, which exclusively employs qualified policemen.
However, despite his brother not being a police officer, Yaroslav would send Oleg to work in his place when he wanted a lazy day in.
It was not until Oleg failed to answer a question by Yaroslav’s superior that someone caught on to their scam.
The manager was surprised that his employee could not remember a conversation they had the previous day, and eventually Oleg was forced to admit that he had taken his brother’s place.
He said: ‘I am doing a shift instead of my brother.’
‘Yaroslav Spivak is a trained policeman and only he had a legal right to work as guard,’ said a spokesman for the centre.
‘Oleg Spivak is not a policeman, therefore he does not have any rights to work at Skolkovo.’
Yaroslav is now reportedly facing the sack, while local police ponder impersonation fraud charges against Oleg.