publication date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 (part of Fall 2019)

category: Hoaxes

clue: You're not supposed to go through high school twice, but maybe if your first time was in the Ukraine it doesn't count?

explanation: As part of a bid to stay in the country after his visa expired, the 23-year-old Samarin posed as overachieving high school student Asher Potts in Pennsylvania. He was arrested in 2016 for falsifying the identity and for sexual assault after sleeping with a classmate. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, and Erik Bates

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