Some lies are worse than others and can land you in really hot water. A Lakeland, Florida man discovered this when he was arrested earlier this week at his home on charges of felony grand theft for defrauding Polk State College of more than a quarter of a million dollars. This was money he earned at the university.
So why was he arrested? Because when he applied, he provided the school with a fake diploma and academic transcripts.
WFTS Tampa Bay news reported that David Broxterman was hired in 2009 as a business professor. His application materials included a transcript and diploma, but a State Attorney’s Office investigation discovered these were fraudulent. Signs of this included what appeared to be a fake signature on the diploma, as well as a spelling error of the word “board” on the diploma.
There have been other highly publicized cases of people at universities who have not been honest about their credentials. In this case, according to the Ledger, Broxterman claimed he had received a doctorate at the University of South Florida in 2007, but had never been a student there.
As a result of this incident, Polk State College will change its background screening process to include using a third party to verify transcripts and diplomas. Job offers will not be made until the highest degree has been verified.
According to the Ledger article, Broxterman was still in jail on Thursday night on a $16,000 bail.