Tag Archives: education

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

 

diploma mills

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

University of California Adopts Ban the Box Policy for Hiring Job Applicants

ban the box

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The University of California (UC) has adopted a Ban the Box policy where job applicants will no longer be asked to check a box on initial employment applications to indicate whether they have been convicted of a crime in order to remove barriers to opportunity and avoid discouraging qualified ex-offenders from applying to work at the universities, according to a news report on the UC website. Continue reading

Client Education Necessary for NAPBS Accredited Background Screening Firms

NABPSUSCRA_accredited

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Informing clients of legal responsibilities and requirements imposed by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state screening laws is necessary for background screening firms accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Employers must learn their legal responsibilities when using background checks for employment purposes. This blog is the third in a six part series about the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). Continue reading

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

diploma mills

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

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

SocialMediaBackgroundCheckLogo_315x193

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 a report from The Harvard Crimson. Continue reading

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

 diploma mills

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

diploma mills

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

 DiplomaMills1

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

Department of Education Upholds Recommendation to Remove ACICS Accreditation

DOE-logo

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 that makes them eligible for participation in federal aid. A copy of this decision is available online at http://blog.ed.gov/files/2016/06/ACICS.pdf. Continue reading

Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud

 DiplomaMills1

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