Samsonite CEO Resigns After Report Accuses Him of Resume Fraud for Falsely Claiming to Have a PhD

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 1, 2018, Ramesh Tainwala, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Samsonite, the world’s largest travel luggage company, resigned from his position citing “personal reasons” only a week after a report from “activist investment firm” Blue Orca Capital accused him of resume fraud for claiming to have a …

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Harvard Rescinds Admission Offers for Several Students Over Offensive Social Media Postings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Harvard University has rescinded admission offers for at least ten students who would have been part of the Class of 2021 for their “offensive” social media postings after they “traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat,” according to …

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Department of Education Upholds Recommendation to Remove ACICS Accreditation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Department of Education (ED) has upheld the ED staff and the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) recommendations  that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) should no longer be recognized as an agency that can provide schools with an accreditation …

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Alleged Diploma Mill May Have Helped High School Football Team Cheat

  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 …

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Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud

  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 …

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University of Iowa Adds Background Checks for Students

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The University of Iowa will join the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University and include a questionnaire for criminal background checks on all student applications as soon as the 2016 school year, according to a KIMT News 3 report.

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Owner of Alleged Global Diploma Mill Arrested

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The chief executive of a software company in Pakistan accused of running a global diploma mill that made millions selling worthless education degrees was arrested after Pakistani investigators discovered a storage room with blank fake diplomas, according to a report in The New York Times.

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Reference Checking and Education Verification Webinar on April 14

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 3:00 PM ET to 4:15 PM ET. For more information, …

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Former UC Berkeley Administrator Allegedly Stole From School

Written By Thomas Ahearn A former research administrator at UC Berkeley who had a prior conviction for embezzlement allegedly stole “tens of thousands of dollars” from the university, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The full story is available at http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/UC-Berkeley-administrator-stole-thousands-5517119.php.

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Alleged Diploma Mills Sold $5 Million in Fake Degrees

Written By Thomas Ahearn A 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 …

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