A 25-year-old man from Dallas, Texas led a double life as a teenager enrolled in high school in order to play on the basketball team.
But the keen baller's sneaky scheme was unravelled when one of his former coaches spotted him playing in an April tournament just a few months after Gilstrap-Portley graduated from North Mesquite High School. As reported by Dana Branham, Claire Ballor and Julieta Chiquillo, the 25-year-old began the 2017-18 school year at Skyline High School "claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee" named Rashun Richardson, then transferred to Hillcrest in October to join the basketball team.More news: Apple to Samsung: Cough up $1bn for using our iPhone designs
Fully immersing himself in the high-school scene, Gilstrap-Portley went as far as to date a 14-year-old classmate.
She says district officials believe Gilstrap-Portley's primary motivation was to play basketball. "During that time, an individual used that opportunity for personal gain", district spokeswoman Robyn Harris told WFAA. Because of that, he didn't have to show proof of any records. "He was fairly savvy to be able to utilize that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students". A 23-year-old Ukrainian man was arrested in 2016 for using a false name and pretending to be a student at a high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.More news: French oil firm Total says it may discontinue project in Iran
He was booked into Dallas County Jail, charged with tampering with government records Friday and has since bonded out.
The Dallas ISD superintendent says the "perfect storm" that led to this involved an actual storm: Gilstrap-Portley reportedly said he'd been left homeless by Hurricane Harvey and came to Dallas alone. After learning about this situation, we immediately notified district and local authorities and necessary actions have been taken.More news: Trump lists reimbursement to Michael Cohen; ethics office says disclosure was required