Teen enters high school in Sycamore, impersonates state rep

Officials discovered the fraud weeks later when the real senator showed up for his scheduled engagement.

A teen showed up a high school in Sycamore, Ohio and posed as a lawmaker.


SYMCAMORE, Ohio (CNN) – Ohio educators can’t figure out why a teenager showed up at a high school, lied to officials to pose as a state lawmaker, toured the school and even spoke eloquently to students about advocacy.

According to WTOL in Toledo,it happened recently in Sycamore, where State Senator David Burke was scheduled to speak at Mohawk High School in January. But in late December, 18-year-old Isaiah Akins drove up and said the senator asked him to come instead.

Akins reportedly looked the part of a fellow lawmaker: well dressed, and well-spoken and even had a personal driver.

“This person showed up in advance days early and said the senator had fallen ill and he was there to take his place and speak,” said Ken Ratliff, school superintendent.

Akins reportedly obtained a loaner vehicle from a dealership by misrepresenting his identity.

Officials discovered the fraud weeks later when the real senator showed up for his scheduled engagement.

School officials say they will be more diligent about vetting guests and speakers in the future.

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