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Polk College professor gets F, for fake

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Anthony Bates had David Broxterman as a professor at Polk State College and is shocked by the allegations Anthony Bates had David Broxterman as a professor at Polk State College and is shocked by the allegations
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

A college professor with a big fat F, for fake. That's what Polk State College students learned Wednesday about their teacher who is now sitting at the Polk County jail, facing grand theft and cheating charges.

David Broxterman taught business courses at the Lakeland campus of Polk State and one of those courses he taught is titled "Ethical Issues." Now he is stuck figuring out one of his own.

Senior Anthony Bates believed everything the professor he called "Dr. Broxterman" said, partly because the man took the job so seriously.

"It's still such a shock that this man I looked up to as a professor is not the man I thought," Bates said.

"He would start every class as a Drill Sgt. He would get every student to stand up at attention and he would introduce himself," Bates described.

It appears the teacher was also serious about fooling those who hired him.

According to the investigation report provided by the State Attorney's Office, that professional-looking diploma displayed all pretty, boasting his University of South Florida degree was nothing more than a sheet of photo paper with a phony seal and a different layout and spellings than an authentic one.

"Why?" Bates asked. "Why couldn't he just get the actual degree? He was a great man. I don't understand why he couldn't get the proper paperwork and stay," Bates added.

Since 2009, Broxterman earned nearly $260,000 at Polk State College, serving four years in a position that required a doctorate degree.

"Although he might not have had the accreditation that he needed he was a great professor and he taught what he was supposed to," Bates said.

Bates feels confident he learned the right material in Broxterman's class but he does have one big question: How did Broxterman get so far as to get hired for the job?

A college spokesperson would not go on camera but states official college transcripts were verified in-house. Now that this happened, they're using a third party, too.

"I know they do extensive background checks so it makes me wonder how he was able to slip through the cracks," Bates said.

Students who were in Broxterman's class don't have to worry about their grades; they won’t be affected, a college spokesperson said.

Another twist to the story: how this investigation came about is because of another fraud case Broxterman is part of, in which he allegedly sold a coin collection for thousands of dollars when they were worth only pennies.

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