the world may never know
maybe it’s that we live in very different worlds. I can imagine a parent doing something this stupid thinking since there is no injured party (as long as the kid doesn’t skip out on the lease) and it’s a harmless action it’s ok to do it. It doesn’t make it not s crime but it can allow her to justify it in her mind. Good people do stupid things sometimes thinking they are doing the right thing. Hell, our president lies on a very regular basis and a good percentage of the population seems to be ok with it. That kind of shows the mentality of the population in general.
and just to remind you: I have maintained my position that as long as the guy does not become involved in the issue and is dishonest about the w2, he is not committing a crime. Obviously once he crosses the line and acts to conceal the fraud, even it it’s only by silence when asked anything about it by the landlord, he would have crossed the line.
Beyond contacting the op, if the landlord does any sort of actual background check he should find some inconsistencies between what the report shows and the facts on the application.