According to friends of Dayna Morales who spoke with the Journal News, the 22-year-old is something of a pathological liar whose most recent fabrication is just the latest in a long list of serious lies.
"Every story she comes up with has a lie," coworker Julie Howat told the paper.
Morales' past prevarications include a claim that she had brain cancer and that her home was severely damaged during Sandy.
"Any tragedy that happened, she had to be a part of it," Howat is quoted as saying. "She needed sympathy and empathy."
Perhaps her gravest lie before the reciept episode involved telling her acquaintances that she served in Afghanistan, and that she was the sole survivor of an explosion that wiped out her entire platoon.
Reached for comment by the Journal News, a Marines spokesman said Morales had indeed served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve until May of 2013, but there was "no indication of combat service in Iraq or Afghanistan."
Though he was unable to release the cause of her discharge, the spokesman did say Morales "did not fulfill her reserve obligation."