Woman, 29, arrested after allegedly posing as a high school pupil and spending four days in classes | US News
A 29-year-old woman was arrested after she was allegedly cheated into a high school in New Jersey for four days.
Hyejeong Shin of New Brunswick, New Brunswick has been charged with one count of providing a false government document with the intent to prove her identity or age, according to NBC News.
Police said she produced a false birth certificate “with the intention of enrolling as a minor high school student.”
“Last week, by submitting several false documents, an adult woman posing as a student was able to enroll in our high school,” New Brunswick Public Schools District Superintendent Aubrey Johnson said at a Board of Education meeting.
According to Mr. Johnson, during her time at school, Sheen spent a lot of time with counselors who tried to find out more information about her.
He said the school staff “revealed the woman’s ruse and allowed us to quickly resolve this situation.”
“As soon as our employees determined that it was fraudulent information, they immediately notified the relevant authorities. The individual has now been charged,” Johnson said in a statement on Wednesday.
He added that the school had warned students to refrain from any further contact with the woman in person and remotely.
Mr. Johnson said the county will review its registration process to better identify forged documents.
“This is an unfortunate event. A message has been provided to the parents of persons the young lady may have come into contact with, and a message has been provided to all parents of high school students today,” Mr. Johnson said.
Police said schools are required to “immediately enroll unaccompanied children, even in the absence of records normally required for enrollment.”
However, the school district may later request such documentation to verify the student’s age.
Middlesex County Attorney’s Office said it was not investigating the incident.
It was not immediately clear whether Shin had a lawyer.