Enrollment Fraud

A 29-year-old woman could face charges for what she did in a New Jersey high school. Enrolled. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

A 29-year-old woman used fake documents to enroll herself in a New Jersey High School where she took four days’ worth of classes before the school discovered her identity. For those of us who still find memories of teenage angst excruciating, the thought that anyone would choose to relive their adolescence is honestly baffling—but is it illegal?

It sure is. It’s called enrollment fraud, and it’s actually quite common, not for adults looking for a do-over, but for parents who try to enroll their kids in a better school district even though they don’t meet the residency requirements, so they either use the address of someone who is in the district or fail to inform the district when they’ve moved out. Because it takes money to educate students, when fraud is discovered, the perpetrators will face expulsion, heavy fines, and even arrests.  Not to mention not getting invited to hang with the cool kids.

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