Bogus Diploma Mill Bust Nets Almost 10,000 Buyers
August 28, 2008
There are almost 10,000 job seekers out there using fake diploma’s from this one operation. We have written about diploma mills before, there are hundreds if not thousands of them. Conducting a thorough background check will identify if your applicant’s education is on a diploma mill list. Just last week, employeescreenIQ uncovered several unaccredited universities for our clients. A nice justification for the cost of a thorough employment background investigation!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
(MCT) CHICAGO—The network of bogus universities was a family-run venture based in rural Washington state, but the criminal enterprise spanned the globe, with operators allegedly paying bribes to Liberian officials and selling fake Ph.D.s and M.D.s as far away as Iran.
They were arrested by state and federal officials with the help of a physics professor.
George Gollin, professor of physics and Fermilab physicist at Illinois, helped unravel the scheme that has resulted in eight guilty pleas this year.
The investigation could spark further charges against hundreds of people who may have bought and used bogus diplomas.
Dubbed “Operation Gold Seal” by federal investigators, the case exploded into the national news with the publication of the names of some 9,600 possible buyers of junk degrees from the phony “St. Regis University” and at least 120 affiliated institutions operated by Dixie and Steven K. Randock Sr.
Claims to advanced degrees from diploma mills and other unaccredited schools are burgeoning, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year as state and federal employees use phony credentials to bump up their salaries, Gollin said.
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