Middle School Teacher Arrested After Obtaining Job With Fake Credentials

A Johnston County middle school teacher was arrested today (Wednesday) and charged with obtaining her job under false pretenses.

According to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Ivette Serrano Hughes was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, a felony.

Hughes is the wife of Torians Hughes, a Cleveland High School teacher and coach who was arrested last week for allegedly using a fake diploma and credentials on his resume.

Ivette Hughes resigned June 27th.  She had been an Exceptional Children’s teacher at Four Oaks Middle School from March 2018 to June 2019.

In a statement from Johnston County Public Schools, “JCPS notified the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department last week of concerns about credentials submitted by the employee, Ivette Serrano Hughes. JCPS also has notified the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction of these concerns.  Johnston County Public Schools appreciates the prompt action of the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department in these cases.  Prior to being employed with JCPS, Ms. Hughes was employed with another school district in another state. Our Human Resources department has notified her previous employer of its concerns.”

Johnston County School Board Chairman Mike Wooten told JoCoReport earlier this week, “The Johnston County Board of Education has complete confidence, faith, and trust in the abilities of the Human Resources Team under the leadership and direction of (Chief of Human Capital) Brian Vetrano.”