We are seeing more and more of these stories as employers are catching on to this con game. As background checks are now part of many employers’ hiring practices, resume lies and forged credentials are being debunked before the applicant can step through the front door. But what about those who have already made it past the front gate and collected a paycheck (or 150)? What you don’t know may be hurting you.
By Brandi Kruse, NewsNetNebraska – April 29, 2009
A former University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty member has been arrested on charges of fraud for misrepresenting his academic standing and pocketing a higher university salary as a result.
On April 10, UNL police launched an investigation into Bradley West, a former assistant professor of management in the UNL College of Business Administration.
“It was discovered that he did not obtain his Ph.D. but provided the UNL department a false record,” said Captain Carl Oestmann with the UNL Police Department.
Police say West gave the college a forged Ph.D. certificate from Michigan State University to keep his job as an associate professor.
Oestmann said West was offered the position in 2005 with the stipulation he finish the Ph.D.
“The offer clearly states that if he had not completed his Ph.D. … the job title would change to instructor for up to two years,” Oestmann said.
At the end of two years, West would have been let go if he had not provided proof he had finished the degree. Oestmann said West gave the university the forged certificate in 2007, the year his position would have been terminated.
Oestmann said UNL police believe West used the forged document for monetary gain in the form of salary increases totaling more than $5,000.