SLED: N. Charleston man steals CofC student’s transcripts to get into graduate programs, land Boeing job

SLED: N. Charleston man steals CofC student’s transcripts to get into graduate programs, land Boeing job
Agents have arrested a North Charleston man accused of stealing a College of Charleston student's transcript in order to get into graduate programs and land a job at Boeing.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Agents have arrested a North Charleston man accused of stealing a College of Charleston student's transcript in order to get into graduate programs and land a job at Boeing.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested 38-year-old Billy Joe Bell and charged him with identity fraud.

He was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

According to SLED investigators, in May of 2018, Bell went to the registrar’s office at the College of Charleston and brought several documents including a sworn affidavit in order to change a student’s personal information to that of his own.

Court documents state Bell also obtained a student’s College of Charleston’s identification number with the intent to fraudulently obtain the victim’s official College of Charleston academic transcript and undergraduate degree.

SLED says Bell used the documents in an attempt to get into graduate programs at the Citadel and West Governor’s University, and get a job at Boeing.

The case will be prosecuted by the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s office.

Boeing officials worked with authorities as soon as they were made aware.

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