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

  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.

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

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 …

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Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Reference Checking and Education Verification

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar for TrainHR entitled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Friday,  January 13, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST / 1:00 PM to 2:20 PM EST. …

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DOJ Charges Executive in $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam

  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 …

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

  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 …

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FTC Files Charges Against Alleged High School Diploma Mills

  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.

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Background Check Expert Shows How to Avoid Fake Employment and Education Claims

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an Audio Conference with The Industry Calendar titled ‘How To Avoid Fake Employment And Education Claims’ on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time. For …

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