Columbia Police Department applicant charged with forgery

12/19/2012 12:00 AM

12/19/2012 12:33 AM

Columbia police have arrested a woman who applied for a job as a police officer with the department.

LaKeisha Danielle Bowman, 31, was charged with forgery after she submitted a faked diploma with her application, chief Randy Scott said in a new release.

Bowman had applied for an Class III officer job in October. She said she had successfully completed the bachelor of science degree in criminal justice with ITT Technical Institute in June 2009. A misspelling on the diploma tipped the Columbia Police Department’s recruiting officer to the forgery, Scott said.

The word “prescribed” was misspelled “prescrilbed.” (See a copy of the diploma below)

Bowman turned herself in to Columbia police over the weekend, CPD spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said. Bowman was no longer being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Tuesday evening.

According to the city of Columbia website, an officer class III performs mostly administrative duties, including staffing the front desk, and earns between $25,837 and $33,588 annually.

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