TALLAHASSEE (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s chief of staff has finally come clean about his college degree.

Adam Hollingsworth issued a statement to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald in which he acknowledged that he did not receive a degree from the University of Alabama until 2009. He said for years he mislead people and employers into believing he was a graduate.

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Hollingsworth said he apologized for the “misrepresentation.”

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Scott in 2011 signed a measure that repealed the law that made it illegal for someone to falsely claim they had a degree. A federal court had previously declared the law unconstitutional.

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Scott in a statement said that he had confidence in Hollingsworth as his chief of staff and called him a “man of tremendous integrity.”