North Carolina man faked diploma, teaching certification, police say

A North Carolina man is accused of submitting fake diplomas and transcripts to become employed at a Johnston County high school, WRAL reported.

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Torains Adaryll Hughes, 40, who was a social studies teacher and assistant softball coach at Cleveland High School until November, was arrested Thursday and charged with obtaining property on a false pretense, the television station reported.

According to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, does not have a bachelor's degree and is not accredited as a teacher. The Sheriff's Office also said Hughes has felony convictions from outside North Carolina, WRAL reported.

According to Johnston County school officials, Hughes started working at Cleveland High School in 2017 as a volunteer softball and football coach. He was hired as a teacher in March 2018, WRAL reported. He left his teaching position eight months later, the television station reported.

In a statement Tuesday, officials from Johnston County Public Schools said that its human resources department "will continue to assist law enforcement and prosecutors in any way either agency asks for."

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