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Alleged Diploma Mills Make Millions Selling Fake Degrees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A vast network of alleged “diploma mills” with hundreds of websites for phony universities and high schools offering worthless online education degrees with no true accreditation makes “tens of millions of dollars” from people worldwide, according to a report by the New York Times. Continue reading

Fake Diploma Mills Cost Students Real Money

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Phony diploma mills that use “slick websites” and claim to be “nationally accredited” to lure honest students looking to improve themselves through education only offer certificates costing hundreds of dollars that “are not worth the paper they are printed on,” according to a report from ABC Action News WFTS in Tampa Bay, Florida. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mill that Made $11 Million Halted by FTC

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A U.S. district court in Florida has at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) temporarily halted a diploma mill that allegedly made $11 million from selling fake high school diplomas online to consumers nationwide. The FTC press release about the diploma mill is at http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/09/ftc-action-halts-online-high-school-diploma-mill-made-11-million. Continue reading

Diploma Mill Shut Down by State of Texas

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has resolved the State’s enforcement action against a purported diploma mill that falsely claimed to be an accredited educational institution, according to a press release on the Texas Attorney General website. The final judgment in State of Texas vs. Lincoln Academy is available at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/files/LincolnAcademyFinalJudgment.pdf. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mills Sold $5 Million in Fake Degrees

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Diploma MillsA Connecticut man is accused of running so-called “diploma mills” since as early as 2003 that sold $5 million worth of false college degrees around the world. A full report about the suspected diploma mills is available on the NBC Connecticut website at http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/cromwell-diploma-fraud-fake-education-degree-charges-255589041.html. (UPDATE: Connecticut Man Accused of Operating Diploma Mill Pleads Guilty.) Continue reading

University of Michigan Requires Background Checks and Education Verifications for All Job Candidates

A University of Michigan policy change that became effective June 1, 2013 requires all job candidates to undergo pre-employment background checks that include education verifications, according to a story on AnnArbor.com available at http://www.annarbor.com/news/university-of-michigan-expands-background-check-policy-to-include-education-verification/. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mill Degree Found During Hiring of New Indiana University Diving Coach

The new diving coach at Indiana University (IU) who arrives with credentials that include six Atlantic Coast Conference titles at Duke University and four Olympic medals as coach of the 2012 U.S. team in London also has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from an alleged “diploma mill” that issues fake degrees in the mail for money, the Indianapolis Star reports. The article is available at http://indy.st/11VfYuj. Continue reading

Diploma Mills Offering Fake Education Degrees to Students have Long History and Warning Signs

Questionable educational institutions known as “diploma mills” that are more interested in taking money from students for worthless degrees instead of providing them with quality academic educations have a long history in America and clear warning signs, according to an infographic released by Distancelearning.com available at http://www.distancelearning.com/resources/diploma-mills-infographic/. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mill Doctor Sued Over Suicide Attempt by Teenager Who Was Patient at Clinic

A man who allegedly bought a doctorate degree from an “unaccredited diploma mill” and is accused of “abusive, fraudulent, and harmful” treatment at a clinic he runs that led a teenaged patient to attempt suicide has been sued in Federal Court by the now 18-year-old boy’s parents, the Courthouse News Service reports. The family is seeking punitive damages for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violations, fraud, conspiracy, unauthorized practice of medicine, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and consumer law violations. The full Courthouse News Service report on the case is available at: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/10/12/51226.htm. Continue reading