Michigan’s Mt. Pleasant High School’s football team may have to forfeit games this season after discovering 21-year- old James Nash forged a birth certificate under the name Javier Jones. He was dismissed from the school after the allegations on Nov. 8.
Enrolled at Mt. Pleasant since the beginning of the school year, Nash has played defensive back in four football games and planned to play basketball in the winter. Nash claimed he was a 17-year- old transfer student from Lansing High School.
“I received an anonymous tip from a parent, it was an adult that had a conscience, that said you better check this,” Mt. Pleasant High School athletic director Jim Conway told The Morning Sun. “So earlier this week we dug up his file, the police became involved [and] all the school officials, and found documents had been altered and forged. There was a couple days of investigation, looking into that and what we have found is this individual is not the individual that was on the transcript.
What we found is he exceeds [the age requirement]. You can’t be 19 prior to Sept. 1 to be eligible. He was older than 19 on September 1. The student has been removed from Mt. Pleasant Public Schools.”
The athletic director said the imposter fit in with the rest of the players and attended classes without incident, generating little attention either on the field or in the school.
“He did a really good job of forging his documents, such as transcripts and a current address,” Conway said. “An ordinary person like you or me wouldn’t have been able to tell that they were in fact forged documents.”
Mt. Pleasant High School is awaiting the response of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.