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Sumter 2 suing former school psychologist charged with forging credentials

(Sumter-AP) Feb. 24, 2005 - Sumter School District Two is suing a former school psychologist for breach of contract after she was charged with forging her diploma, professional certification and other credentials.

The lawsuit against Kimberley Arnold seeks nearly $146,000 plus interest for salary and benefits she was paid.

The district is also asking for an injunction restricting the state retirement system from releasing any district or employee contributions to her.

The lawsuit says the district will have to pay to redo some of Arnold's work for submission to the federal government because it was not done by a certified psychologist.

The 40-year-old Arnold was known to her co-workers and district officials as Linda Jones. She was arrested in October after working for the district since July of 2002. She was assigned to Crestwood High School, Mayewood Middle School, RE Davis Elementary School and Shaw Heights Elementary School.

She was charged with two counts of forgery, breach of trust with fraudulent intent and fraudulent use of a falsified or altered transcript or diploma.

Sumter County Sheriff Tommy Mims says the breach of trust allegation involves her salary, which he says she was drawing under false pretenses. The falsification of documents charge involves her certification as a psychologist and related degrees.

posted 7:57am by Chris Rees

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