Teen Poses As State Senator, Gets Busted When Real Lawmaker Shows Up Weeks Later

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Izaha Akins, Sen. David BurkeIzaha Akins, Sen. David Burke

The 18-year-old who masqueraded as an Ohio state senator and delivered a speech to high school students has been charged with two felonies.

Izaha Akins said he did it to prove a point about school security.

“These country schools think it can’t happen to them,” Akins told The Blade, adding that he plans to write a paper on the subject.

Using his real name on Dec. 15, Akins showed up at Mohawk High School and told school officials he had been appointed to replace Republican State Sen. David Burke of Ohio who had resigned for health reasons.

The school believed him, and he was given a tour before addressing an American government class, according to authorities.

Mohawk Schools superintendent Ken Ratliff said he managed to dupe the class’ teacher, the principal and everyone else he had contact with that day.

“The presentation was about being active in politics, political processes," Ratliff said. "Everyone thought it was legit, bought into it, including the teacher."

The plan was set in motion before Akins stepped foot on the school campus, as he contacted the teacher of the class and explained that he had been appointed to the position of state senator after the first in line declined the position. Atkins told Henry Stobbs he wanted to change the date of Burke’s presentation to December, and the teacher agreed.

“Mr. Stobbs said that nothing he heard there made him think this guy didn’t know what he was doing,” Ratliff said about the class presentation.

A car and driver were even provided by a local dealership to escort Akins, of which he set-up himself.

Akins fraud was uncovered a month later when Burke showed up to the school as originally scheduled.

“I was duping to prove a point, that these kinds of things can happen," Atkins said. "They could easily have Googled me and they didn’t."

Akins reportedly attended Mohawk schools from kindergarten to second grade, and has cousins in the school.

He has been charged with two felony offenses: impersonating a peace officer and telecommunications fraud.

“This is total fraud,” Wyandot County sheriff Mike Hetzel said, according to The Courier.

Ratliff said the incident revealed a “chink in our armor” and that changes have been made to security. The agencies and businesses visitors claim to be from will now be called beforehand to double-check their identity.

“Student safety is a number one priority to us,” Ratliff said. “We’re not going to let people have access to our students under false pretenses."

Sources: The Blade, The Courier / Photo credit: The Courier

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