I'm not sure if this is the right area to ask this, so forgive me if I'm in the wrong place.
My work recently hired a new employee, and she was looking for a new car. However, to get the car loan she needed to be finished her probation here. (It takes 3 months with my company to get off probation.) Even though she wasn't off probation, she convinced her manager to give an incorrect/fake reference for her saying that she had finished her probation. (she'd only been working here for about 3 weeks at the time)
Is knowingly lying like this to a financial institution on behalf of an employer considered fraud?