TBI: Man forged psychology diploma to work at Helen Ross McNabb Center

(WBIR) The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Saturday that a Blount County man is facing charges for forging a college diploma and billing the state for services he wasn't qualified to perform.

According to TBI, an investigation found Arlan Lee North, 41, had presented a forged diploma to work as an adult case manager at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville from May 2010 to September 2011. TBI said that job requires a Bachelor's Degree.

Investigators found the Maryville man gave his employer a forged Bachelor of Science in Psychology diploma from Lincoln Memorial University.

TBI said the Center submitted more than $135,000 in claims to TennCare for the services North provided. They said he kept more than $56,000 of that money for himself.

A Knox County Grand Jury indicted North this week on one count of theft over $10,000 and one count of Criminal Simulation.

North was arrested Friday on a felony probation violation in Blount County. He's scheduled to be transferred to Knox County next week to be booked on the forged diploma charges.


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