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 …Continue reading "International Diploma Mill Operator Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison and Ordered to Forfeit Over $5 Million"
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 …Continue reading "Background Check Expert Says Verification of Educational Credentials is an Important Part of Hiring"
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 "High School Principal Resigns after Student Journalists Question Credentials from Alleged Diploma Mill"
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 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 …Continue reading "Alleged Diploma Mill May Have Helped High School Football Team Cheat"
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 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"