Cops: Ukrainian man, 23, arrested after posing as Pennsylvania high school student since 2012

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A Pennsylvania high school honors student is really a 23-year-old man from Ukraine with an expired visa, police said.

Artur Samarin has been arrested and charged by Harrisburg police with identity theft and tampering with public records, according to CBS affiliate WYHL-TV.

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Samarin is accused of using the name Asher Potts to create a fake social security card and other documents, police said.

He had been enrolled at John Harris High School since the fall of 2012.

"While we do not know all of the details surrounding the arrest, we are treating this as a serious matter, Harrisburg School District Public Relations Coordinator Kirsten Keys said in a statement.

"The district will continue to cooperate fully with the police department as they move forward with their investigation," Keys said.

See photos of Samarin and reaction on social media:

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Ukrainian man Artur Samarin arrested after posing as Pa. high school student since 2012
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Cops: Ukrainian man, 23, arrested after posing as Pennsylvania high school student since 2012
Mugshot for Ukranian nat'l Artur Samarin, 23, aka Asher Potts, who disguised self as student at Harrisburg HS. https://t.co/aGXGfjtAVw
Asher Potts, #HBG HS soph with a 4.16 GPA in ROTC is a new member of the Nat'l Honor Society. #goingplaces #proud http://t.co/s2wmjj6lTk
Despite what the media says you're still a good person Asher..Artur Samarin...nothing but good words towards you. https://t.co/JkHmpYfhDh
Let's not forget he's an honor student. You can't take it away from him. Artur Samarin aka 'Asher Potts' earned it!
Throwback of Me and Asher Potts or should I say Artur Samarin. Was a very respective person!! Mindblown about this! https://t.co/jOkxDGeuIM
Artur Samarin, a 23-year-old Ukrainian, called himself Asher Potts, posed as US high school student for four years: https://t.co/vKk5YdStl7
Ukranian man posing as Harrisburg student bragged about district's 'opportunities': Artur Samarin was one of five… https://t.co/QlxDtMf59N
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Samarin appeared to be hiding in plain sight. In January, he participated in a public forum addressing youth violence in the greater Harrisburg area, the station reported.

Posing as Potts, he also joined the ROTC and received several awards, including a commendation from a local congresswoman noting his installation on the National Honor Society.

Police did not say what led to Samarin's arrest.

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Online court records did not list an attorney for Samarin, who is being held at the Dauphin County Jail.

Harrisburg police declined comment to INSIDE EDITION.

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