A Woman Arrested for Impersonating a High School Student
A 28-year-old Honduran woman was apprehended after posing as a 17-year-old student at Hahnville High School during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Uncovering the Impersonation
The authorities at Hahnville High School in Louisiana, United States, discovered the deception committed by Martha Jessenia Gutiérrez Serrano.
Use of Forged Documents
Investigations reveal that the Honduran woman utilized counterfeit documents, which included a phony passport and birth certificate, to gain admission into the school.
Arrest of Martha Jessenia’s Mother
Marta Elizabeth Serrano Alvarado, mother of Martha Jessenia, was also taken into custody in connection with the incident.
Suspicion Raised by the School System
The St. Charles Parish School System grew suspicious of the student’s identity misrepresentation as they believed she appeared older than 17 years.
Intentions and Motivations
Authorities assert that Martha Jessenia had no intentions of causing harm to any student and had solely enrolled in an attempt to enhance her English language skills.
The Honduran woman and her mother face legal charges for using fraudulent documents.
Authorities are actively investigating to determine if any other illegal activities took place during Martha Jessenia’s time as a student.
Improved Enrollment Document Verification
The school system released a statement assuring the public that they will enhance the verification processes of enrollment documents to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Reasons for Seeking Asylum
The Honduran woman explained that she had fled her home country due to threats from criminal gangs.
Currently, both the 28-year-old and her 47-year-old mother are in immigration custody and face the possibility of being deported to Honduras.