Jenks officer accused of using fake diploma to receive certification

JENKS, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Police arrested Jenks police Officer James Bennett on suspicion of using a fake master's degree to qualify for an advanced certification that came with a bonus.
  • Investigators allege Bennett went online to purchase an advanced diploma from a fake university in Texas. They said he then used that fake diploma to receive an advanced certification from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, or CLEET.
  • Officials discovered the issue during a routine payroll audit. It's believed Bennett purchased the degree in 2015 when Police Chief Cameron Arthur was out on medical leave and Bennett was acting chief.
  • According to court documents, investigators traced the "University of Denton" address to a truck stop on I-35 in north Texas.
  • The files of all other Jenks police officers were audited upon the discovery and they were found to be accurate.

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