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 …Continue reading "Alleged Diploma Mills Settle FTC Charges of Misleading Consumers with Fake Diplomas"
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 …Continue reading "DOJ Charges Executive in $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam"
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 …Continue reading "Department of Education Upholds Recommendation to Remove ACICS Accreditation"
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 …Continue reading "Feds Create Fake Diploma Mill to Stop Alleged Visa Fraud"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Texas Attorney General has filed a lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against a Dallas-based group of alleged “diploma mills” that unlawfully marketed and sold fraudulent high school diplomas and transcripts in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).Continue reading "Texas Attorney General Files Lawsuit against Alleged Diploma Mills"
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.Continue reading "University of Iowa Adds Background Checks for Students"
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.Continue reading "Owner of Alleged Global Diploma Mill Arrested"
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 "Alleged Diploma Mills Make Millions Selling Fake Degrees"
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 …Continue reading "Fake Diploma Mills Cost Students Real Money"
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 "Alleged Diploma Mill that Made $11 Million Halted by FTC"