Texas man, 25, poses as Harvey evacuee, stars for HS hoops team

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We recently became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim.

The source said Gilstrap-Portley was discovered as an imposter when his former coach saw him playing for Hillcrest.

The faux high school star faces a charge of tampering with government records, per the News. He attended Dallas Christian College between 2013 and 2014, where he played guard on the school's Division II basketball team and eventually went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft.

"It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", she said.

The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she didn't approve of her daughter's relationship with the man they both knew as the 17-year-old Rashun.

Gilstrap-Portley fully immersed himself in the high school scene, going so far as to date a 14-year-old classmate, according to the girl's mother.




After news of the incident broke, the school administrator sent a letter to parents apologizing, adding that the district would prevent it from happening again, the Dallas Morning-News reported. "If it's happening at Hillcrest, then it could be happening somewhere else". It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her'.

The Dallas ISD is now investigating one of their students who they were told was Rashun Richardson.

"This school year our district welcomed evacuees displaced by Hurricane Harvey". After learning about this situation, we immediately notified district and local authorities and necessary actions have been taken. This is a unique situation that shows us areas that need improving when we open our doors to students in times of need.

The Dallas ISD superintendent says the "perfect storm" that led to this involved an actual storm: Gilstrap-Portley reportedly said he'd been left homeless by Hurricane Harvey and came to Dallas alone.

"We need to make sure we follow better protocols to try and prevent this from happening, but unfortunately this was nearly like a ideal storm", Hinojosa told NBC5.

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