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Man accused of forging police report as excuse for being late to work

Show up late for work?  Blame the police.  But you'd better hope your boss doesn't also give them a call.

Police say 51-year-old Paul Neilson of Lisbon, New Hampshire man told his boss he was late to work at a construction company on March 11th because a Lisbon police officer had stopped him and given him a warning about his expired car registration.

Neilson even gave his boss a police report allegedly written by the officer, with a detailed description of their interaction.

There's no word why Neilsen's boss became suspicious, but The Caledonian-Record reports he decided to call police to check out the story.  Surprise: turns out Neilson was lying and had no such encounter with police.

But the story doesn't stop there: the fake traffic stop turned into real charges for Neilson.  Police have charged him with forgery -- a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.