Teen impersonates senator, speaks on his behalf at school

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A teenager is accused of impersonating a state lawmaker in Ohio

A teenager is accused of impersonating a state lawmaker in Ohio.

The whole situation has some scratching their heads. Ohio educators can't figure out why a teenager showed up at a high school, lied to officials to pose as a state lawmaker, toured the school and even spoke eloquently to students about advocacy.

It all started in December when school officials say Isaiah Akins, 18, drove up to the school and claimed Sen. David Burke, who was scheduled to speak at Mohawk High School in January, was ill and that the senator asked him to come instead.

A report by local station WTOL says the teen looked the part of a fellow lawmaker - well-dressed, well-spoken and even had a personal driver.

Akins reportedly obtained a loaner vehicle from a dealership by misrepresenting his identity, WTOL reports. Officials discovered the fraud weeks later when the real senator showed up for his scheduled engagement.

School officials say they will be more diligent about vetting guests and speakers in the future.

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