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International Diploma Mill Operator Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit Over $5 Million

 

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Pakistani man who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through a Pakistani company and ordered to forfeit $5,303,020 in addition to the prison term, according to a press release from the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Says Verification of Educational Credentials is an Important Part of Hiring

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A verification of educational credentials and achievements is an important part of the hiring process since it “tells an employer a great deal about an applicant’s ability, qualifications, and motivation,” according to a background check expert interviewed for an article posted on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) website. Continue reading

High School Principal Resigns after Student Journalists Question Credentials from Alleged Diploma Mill

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A newly hired principal at Pittsburg High School in Kansas resigned from her job after student journalists uncovered some questionable credentials from an alleged “diploma mill” where people could purchase a degree, diploma, or certificates, according to an article in The Kansas City Star. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mills Settle FTC Charges of Misleading Consumers with Fake Diplomas

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The operators of two online “high schools” have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they misled tens of thousands of consumers by falsely claiming to be accredited schools while actually being alleged diploma mills that sold worthless fake diplomas, according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

DOJ Charges Executive in $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On December 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of a criminal Complaint charging an executive of a Pakistani company with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a worldwide diploma mill scheme that collected approximately $140 million from tens of thousands of consumers, according to a press release from the DOJ’s U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mill May Have Helped High School Football Team Cheat

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An independent investigation by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Bellevue School District claims a Seattle-area high school football team used ineligible players, falsified addresses, and let players who could not qualify academically to play sports take classes at an alleged “diploma mill” with their tuition paid by boosters, according to a report from Courthouse News Service. Continue reading

Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Federal agents have arrested twenty-one recruiters and employers from across the United States for allegedly conspiring with more than 1,000 foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student visas and obtain foreign worker visas through a “pay to stay” scam uncovered by a fake diploma mill created by the government called the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), according a press release from the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Present Workshop on Reference Checks and Education Verification

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a workshop with TrainHR entitled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Monday, April 4, 2016, starting at 10:00 AM PDT / 01:00 PM EDT. To register for the event, click here. Continue reading

FTC Files Charges Against Alleged High School Diploma Mills

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed charges against two operators of alleged online high schools that claim to be legitimate but are “little more than diploma mills charging anywhere from $135 to $349 for a worthless certificate,” according to a press release on the FTC website. Continue reading

Texas Attorney General Files Lawsuit against Alleged Diploma Mills

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Texas Attorney General has filed a lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against a Dallas-based group of alleged “diploma mills” that unlawfully marketed and sold fraudulent high school diplomas and transcripts in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). Continue reading