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Diploma Scandal: Fake Degrees Don't Fly With Feds

Diploma Scandal: Fake Degrees Don't Fly With Feds

Now that a diploma mill in Spokane, Washington has the attention of government officials, Washington state has bigger problems than serving as home to struggling Starbucks. The eight people involved in the scam sold more than $6 million of their merchandise, and some will spend time in prison for issuing over 9,000 fake high school, undergraduate, and graduate degrees to individuals in 130 countries.

Aside from creating several of their own fake universities — St. Regis University, Ameritech University, Pan America University, James Monroe University, James Monroe High School, All Saints American University, and New Manhattan University — the mill sold counterfeit degrees from legitimate schools like University of Maryland, George Washington University, the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University.

Government officials are now reviewing a list of 9,600 names to find federal employees who may have used a phony degree to gain employment. Those included on the list may have inquired about the degrees without actually following through, but at least 20 are military personnel and at least 10 are government employees or contractors.


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SATClover SATClover 8 years
If you think James Monroe High is a fake high school you apparently have never been to Fredericksburg, Virginia where they were one of my high school's rivals.
soulight soulight 8 years
It sad that there are people out there who would be so sneaky and also dumb enough to think that no one would find out. My brother is going to George Washington University and to think that someone could get a job over him when he graduates because they bought a fake degree while he took the time to get his legitimately is absolutely disgusting. By the way, sorrowja, is that your baby, because that picture just put a smile on my face just by how cute that baby is.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
HAHAHAHA so this is like all those online degrees in the USA?
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
Why would you buy a fake degree from a real school??? What if your interviewer went there and asked you questions about it? Maybe you only get that if you started and flunked out or something, but that seems like dangerous water to me!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
The funny thing is this is one of the problems with some "for profit" schools. Some are just horrible - I work in the sector and it is amazing how many open up in a matter of months and sometimes they don't need accrediations and they take anyone. Some students don't have even HS dipolmas or GED and they tell the students a price and have them taking out multiple loans. 1 year could cost a student 60k and some school target certain ethic groups and the poor to appeal that they can make a better life for themselves through education ---- and since that is what we preach here in the United States, many students see this as their way out of the situations, trusting the school, thinking the school has their best intrest at hard ---when in fact all they want is the money.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
wow -i think that it's a shame when people will go to that length to scam others out of their money. i guess if you pay and don't have to take courses then you realize that you're doing something wrong - but i guess i always thought that you would have to do something to get the diploma, so i would almost feel bad for people if they were caught up in it. i'm guessing it's not that simple, so these folks should get penalized and throw in in to jail fi it was $6 mill in money that they've managed to accumulate
sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
Well the gov't is to blame because they started giving out GED's to people who either didn't want to go to high school or wasted their time while there. While others worked the entire 4 YEARS to get good grades and move on to a good college/university. The people who got the degrees should lose their jobs. Do they really think that you can learn 4 years worth of work in 6 or 16 months oh please. I have hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans for my 8 years worth of schooling. If so be the case lets all go to school and get our masters in 16 months.
luvluvg luvluvg 8 years
Oh my gosh! I remember the commercials about getting a high school degree for James Monroe! They had a list of possible careers that come from getting a high school diploma and even said they'd send whoever graduated their program a class ring. Wow. I wonder if anyone is going to sue them over such a thing, or if each person knew it was all fake to begin with.
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