Police: Ukrainian man, 23, posed as honors high school student

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HARRISBURG, PA  (WHTM) – Police have arrested a 23-year-old man who posed as a Harrisburg High School student.

Artur Samarin who went by the name of “Asher Potts” was arrested on Tuesday and charged with false identification. Samarin is a Ukrainian immigrant, police say.

Samarin, who claimed to be an 18-year-old senior at Harrisburg High School, served as an active member of the community and participated recently in January’s youth summit as a panelist.

Harrisburg School District spokesperson Kirsten Keys confirmed Samarin’s arrest. She says the school is treating the situation as a serious matter and that Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney and other district officials are fully cooperating with police.

Samarin was also a member of the ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet program. Social media posts involve several photos with state lawmakers for his community service and outreach.

It is unclear how Samarin came to America, developed a false identification, or how his identity came into question.

Samarin is facing identity theft and tampering with public records charges.


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