Fake diploma leads to Blount County man charged in TBI case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Maryville man is accused of forging a college diploma and billing TennCare for services he was not qualified to perform.

TBI agents say 41-year-old Arlan Lee North worked as an adult case manager at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville, a job requiring a Bachelor’s Degree, between May 2010 and September 2011.

They say they learned North gave his employer a diploma from Lincoln Memorial University, showing he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

The McNabb Center submitted more than $135,000 in claims to TennCare for the services North provided, of which North kept more than $56,000 for himself.

The Knox County Grand Jury returned indictments for North this week, charging him with one count of Theft over $10,000 and one count of Criminal Simulation.

Blount County deputies arrested North Friday on a Felony Probation Violation, stemming from a previous offense.

This investigation started in December 2013.

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