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Johnston busts second teacher for false credentials

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SMITHFIELD — The second teacher in a week busted by Johnston County Public Schools for fake credentials is the wife of the former Cleveland High School social studies teacher and assistant coach at Cleveland High School who was arrested last week on similar charges.

Johnston County Chief of Staff and Communications Delores Gill said a former Four Oaks Middle School employee was charged with obtaining her job with ohnston County Public Schools under false pretenses. 

Ivette Serrano Hughes worked for Four Oaks Middle from March 19, 2018 to June 30, 2019 as an exceptional children's teacher. 

“Johnston County Public Schools notified the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department last week of concerns about credentials submitted by the employee, Ivette Serrano Hughes," Gill said. "JJCPS also has notified the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction of these concerns.”

According to the sheriff's office, Hughes is married to Torians Hughes, who was charged with similar offenses. 

“Johnston County Public Schools appreciates the prompt action of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department in these cases,” said Gll. “Prior to being employed with JCPS, Ms. Hughes was employed with another school district in another state. Our human resources department has notified her previous employer of its concerns.”

Gill said the human resources department takes its application process seriously.

“Increasingly sophisticated identity theft impacts more than 14 million Americans each year,” said Gill. “Our HR team constantly reviews its processes and procedures for employment. This includes evaluation of the work of our third-party contractors who conduct background checks. Our document verification processes have been revised to address the apparent falsifications we faced in these cases.”