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Woman arrested for using fake credentials to become teacher

July 4, 2019

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — The wife of a convicted felon who was recently arrested for allegedly using phony credentials to obtain a North Carolina teaching job is now facing the same charges.

WRAL reports that Ivette Serrano Hughes has been charged with obtaining property by false pretense. She resigned from her middle school teaching position before Johnston County Schools could fire her.

She’s married to Torains Adaryll Hughes, a former high school instructor and coach who was arrested June 20 for using faked documents to teach social studies. Investigators have confirmed he has out-of-state felony convictions. It was not immediately clear if the married suspects had lawyers.

District officials say they have revamped procedures to prevent scammers from using bogus credentials to gain jobs as educators. It’s not clear what specific procedures have changed.

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