How was the email timestamp changed on Lotus Notes?

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I was employed by a company for nearly 18 years. My boss accused me of manipulating an email with intent to deceive him into thinking that I sent the email earlier than I did. I used IBM Lotus Notes, on a large corporation's private server. I had sent an original email to a customer on 2/21/16. On 2/28/16 My boss requested that I forward him the email proving that it was sent. I went into my sent folder and forwarded the email. He is claiming that the email i provided as he requested originated on 2/28/16, which was the day I sent it to him, and that I falsified the 2/21/16 date, which was on original. In Lotus Notes, there is a pink line of text above the original email's header that says forwarded by so and so on 2/21/16.  He said that this date should have been 2/28/16 and that I somehow changed it. I've never had my integrity questioned before. He would not tell me what sort of proof he had that I did this, just said that he had the home office check it out. How is this possible?


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Also – this was a company laptop, I did not have administrator rights, nor could I change the system time.  I could not even install a printer driver without having the help desk remote in.  On top of this, I have a reply email from the customer and the date on that email is also 2/21/16.  

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  • TheRealRaven
    If the email header says it was 'Forwarded' on 2/21 and it should say 2/28, then you need to talk with either your email system administrator or with the IBM Lotus Notes support group.

    We have no access to your organization's server, so we can't know what could have happened.
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  • Stiletto
    The response from the customer should be ample proof of your innocence. In the end, though, it probably doesn't matter. Clearly, your boss doesn't trust you, or is setting you up to take a fall. My advice: Update your resume and start looking for a new job.
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