KNOXVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Blount County man, accused of forging a college diploma and billing TennCare for services he was not qualified to perform.
TBI Special Agents began investigating 41-year-old Arlan Lee North on December 26, 2013. From May 2010 to September 2011, North worked as an adult case manager at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville, a job requiring a Bachelor’s Degree. During the course of the investigation, Special Agents learned the Maryville man presented to his employer a forged college diploma from Lincoln Memorial University, indicating he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In all, 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.
This week, the Knox County Grand Jury returned indictments for North, charging him with one count of Theft over $10,000 and one count of Criminal Simulation.
On Friday evening, Blount County deputies arrested North on a Felony Probation Violation, stemming from a previous offense. At the time of this release, North was being held in the Blount County Jail without bond. He will be transferred to Knox County next week to be booked on the new charges.