ODESSA, Texas (AP) - A 22-year-old man accused of posing as a high school basketball player in Odessa has been released today from the Ector County Jail. Guerdwich (GURD'-which) Montimere posted $500 bond a day after he was arrested on a charge of failure to identify himself to a police officer.
School officials say Montimere admitted posing as Jerry Joseph, a 16-year-old sophomore who led Odessa Permian High School to the state playoffs. The allegations mean Permian will probably have to forfeit the 2009 basketball season.
Suspicions arose when three Florida basketball coaches recognized Montimere last month at an amateur tournament in Little Rock, Ark. Montimere graduated from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 2007.
The district says Joseph claimed to be an illegal immigrant from Haiti, but authorities determined he's a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti.