Fake diploma leads to charges for suspect in TBI case

Staff Reports • Updated May 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents received indictments for a Blount County man accused of forging a college diploma and billing TennCare for services he was not qualified to perform.

TBI special agents started an investigation on 41-year-old Arlan Lee North on Dec. 26. From May 2010 to September 2011, agents said North worked as an adult case manager at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville, a job requiring a bachelor’s degree.

During the investigation, special agents learned the Maryville man presented to his employer a forged college diploma from Lincoln Memorial University, indicating he earned a bachelor of science in psychology. In all, the McNabb Center submitted more than $135,000 in claims to TennCare for the services North provided, of which agents said North kept more than $56,000 for himself.

This week, a Knox County grand jury returned indictments for North, charging him with one count of theft of more than $10,000 and one count of criminal simulation.

On Friday evening, Blount County deputies arrested North on a felony probation violation, stemming from a previous offense. North was held in Blount County Jail without bond. He will be transferred to Knox County next week to be booked on the new charges.

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