Principal accused of falsifying credentials appears in town court

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Updated: 7/15 8:56 pm

NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. - The former principal of a local school for troubled youth appeared in North Greenbush Town Court Tuesday night.

North Greenbush Police said Herman McLean, 36, falsified his teaching records.

McLean was arrested Monday after school officials at Vanderheyden Hall say they discovered discrepancies in McLean's paperwork last month. Authorities said McLean was employed as a math teacher at the school in June 2013 before he was hired as a provisional principal on January 1, 2014. He held the position for approximately four months, before school officials held their standard yearly check.

Authorities say McLean purchased degrees online, and at some point, also falsified a certificate from the New York State Department of Education. Police told NEWS10 ABC that they are concerned McLean may have used the false credentials elsewhere.

McLean was charged with one count of Possession of a Forged Instrument with the Intent to Defraud and four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

He pled not guilty to the charges and was released. He is expected back in court on August 12.

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