Police: Harrisburg High student assumed false identity, is actually Ukrainian national
Ukrainian national who assumed a false identity and went on to enroll, and apparently excel, at Harrisburg High School, is facing multiple charges, according to police.
Harrisburg police said in a news release that the Harrisburg High student known as Asher Potts actually is 23-year-old Artur Samarin, a Ukranian national who stayed in the U.S. after his visa expired. Police said he took on the identity of Potts.
Police arrested Samarin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, and he’s been charged with theft, identity theft and tampering with public records, according to the news release.
Police said Samarin, using a false date of birth and the false identity of Potts, obtained a social security card and other United States documents.
When he was arrested, police said Samarin had a Pennsylvania driver’s license issued under the name of Potts.
Potts, apparently, did well during his time at Harrisburg High School. He was recently one of the youth panelists on a town hall forum to discuss violence, and he was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s inaugural Junior Advisory Council. According to ABC27, Potts was a member of the ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet program.
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