When you read the story below, you won’t believe how much this fake professor was being paid.

Bay News 9 reports. Hat tip to Weasel Zippers.

Polk State professor with fake diploma charged with grand theft

A Polk State College professor whom authorities say falsely claimed he had a doctorate degree has been arrested and charged with grand theft.

David Scott Broxterman, 55, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with grand theft over $100,000 and cheating. The State Attorney’s Office said he submitted fake transcripts to Polk State claiming he earned a doctorate degree from the University of South Florida in 2007 and that he displayed a forged diploma in his office.

Broxterman’s salary from 2009 to 2014 totaled $258,759.71, according to the State Attorney’s office. The grand theft charge is based on him collecting the salary under false pretenses.

According to the arrest affidavit, the State Attorney’s Office opened an investigation after receiving information that Broxterman did not earn the doctorate degree required for his position.

Polk State first hired Broxterman as an adjunct instructor in 2009, based on his claim he had obtained a PhD in organizational management from USF, and later hired him to the full-time faculty position of business administration professor, the State Attorney’s Office said.

Assistant State Attorney Brian Haas said he examined the transcripts Broxterman submitted to Polk State before being hired, compared them to an actual set of USF transcripts, and saw that they were printed in the wrong color and format and included numbers to courses that did not exist.

The State Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant of Broxterman’s office on May 12 and recovered the diploma, which was easily identified as fake, the arrest affidavit said. According to the affidavit, the diploma had a signature from USF President Judy C. Genshaft that should have been Judy L. Genshaft, the wrong color and placement of the USF seal and the word “Board” misspelled “Board.”