Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Stanford University will conduct background checks on student athletes recommended by coaches to confirm their athletic credentials in the wake of a nationwide college admissions scam that involved the school, according to an announcement in a blog post entitled “An update on the admissions fraud scheme” made …Continue reading "Stanford University to Conduct Background Checks on Student Athletes after College Admissions Scam"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts – which represents the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on all federal legal matters in the state – has announced that “dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of …Continue reading "DOJ Announces Arrests in Nationwide College Admissions Scam Involving Alleged Exam Cheating"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Thousands of United Kingdom (UK) nationals have purchased fake degrees from a multi-million dollar diploma mill in Pakistan with buyers including National Health Service (NHS) consultants, nurses, and a large defense contractor, a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News investigation has discovered.Continue reading "BBC News Investigation Reveals Thousands of UK Nationals Bought Fake Degrees from Diploma Mill"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A woman who admitted in court that she lied about her credentials and experience on her resume to work as a nurse at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital for months and teach nursing at a New Mexico college shows the importance of education and employment verifications when background screening …Continue reading "Woman Who Used Resume Fraud to Work in Hospital Shows Importance of Education and Employment Verifications"
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"