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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. Continue reading

Background Check Stops New USF Basketball Coach Hire

Written By Thomas Ahearn

home-applicant-generated-report-systemThe University of South Florida (USF) will not hire Manhattan College’s Steve Masiello as its new men’s basketball coach after a background check found he had never completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky (UK) as claimed on his résumé, according to a report from The Tampa Tribune available at http://tbo.com/sports/colleges/usf-bulls/usf-deal-with-coach-falls-through-20140326/. 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

Massachusetts Authorizes National Fingerprint Based Criminal Background Checks on All Teachers and School Employees

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill – H4307, “An Act Relative to Background Checks” – that closes an existing criminal history background checks loophole by authorizing the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and school districts to conduct national fingerprint-based criminal history background checks on all teachers, school employees, and early education providers in the state. To read the full text of Bill H4307, visit http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H04307. 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

University of Iowa Criminal Background Check Policy May Expand to Include More Faculty and Staff

More new hires at the University of Iowa (UI) – including faculty positions as well as merit, professional, and scientific staff – could face criminal background checks under a proposed policy expansion approved by the University’s Faculty Council, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. UI’s current background check policy implemented in 2005 applies only to finance or medical positions designated as “security sensitive.” The full article is available on the Iowa City Press-Citizen website at: http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20121017/NEWS01/310170036/UI-hires-will-face-criminal-background-checks. Continue reading

Diploma Mill Judgment of Over 22 Million Dollars Small Dent in Billion Dollar Phony Degree Business

Early in September 2012, a story published on the Michigan Live website at Mlive.com revealed that experts said a $22.7 million judgment for more than 30,000 plaintiffs in federal class-action lawsuit against a suspected ‘diploma mill’ offering worthless education credentials would have only a small effect on the billion-dollar international Internet business of “life experience degrees.” The full story is available on the Mlive.com website at: http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michigan/index.ssf/2012/09/227m_federal_class_action_laws.html. Continue reading

FTC Offers Child Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Parents to Protect Personal Information of Kids at School

Just in time for the beginning of a new school year, which usually requires parents to fill out paperwork such as registration forms and emergency contact information, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is offering child identity theft prevention tips for ‘Protecting Your Child’s Personal Information at School’ to let parents know that many school forms containing the personal and sensitive information of their children could be used to commit fraud in their child’s name if the information falls into the wrong hands. For more information, visit: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/08/idtheftschool.shtm. Continue reading