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High School Impostor: Woman poses as homeless teen

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jan 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-05 14:58:05-05

(WNYT/NBC News) A 32-year-old woman is facing charges after posing as a homeless teen and attempting to enroll in a Cairo, New York high school.

Michaelann Goodrich told Cairo-Durham School District administrators that she was 15-year-old Riley Madison. She was arrested on the 28th and charged with offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records, and criminal trespassing.

Investigators still don't know why Goodrich tried to enroll in classes at Cairo-Durham High School. District Superintendent Anthony Taibi said administrators immediately felt something was off.

Goodrich attended one day of classes and rode the bus to and from school on December 20th.

"She could've gone in numerous different ways to obtain a degree and we actually found out through the investigation and that she has a high school diploma," Joel Rowell of the Green County Sheriff's Department said. "So that just leads to our investigation to try to figure out what exactly her motive was for attending school."

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