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Would-be Coach fakes background

A man in a bid to get hired as assistant coach of girls’ volleyball at Johnston High School, Rhode Island, reportedly attempted to conceal his arrest record .

Frank P. Nolan, 53, tried to skip a criminal background check for the coaching job, which would have revealed his arrest in Florida for grand-theft auto and, in Rhode Island, for obtaining money under false pretenses.

Nolan sent an e-mail, purportedly from a FBI agent saying that the prospective coach had a clean record. Next came a letter, without letterhead, asserting that it was from the FBI and that Nolan had no criminal record.

Though unpaid, Nolan still attended practices. Until he realized the school was onto him, he told the team he’d come to practices, but couldn’t work, because he had bone cancer. Nolan was at the team’s game when officers arrested him, and was charged with providing false documents to a public official. He was arraigned Saturday and was held on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a suspended license charge.

Almost exactly a year ago, Nolan was charged with defrauding another school by falsely claiming that the actress Renée Zellweger had offered a $50,000 matching grant for their scholarship drive.

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