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Indiana University Hires Coach with Diploma Mill Degree: Why Real Colleges Should Care
Diploma Mill Police  >  Fake Diploma News
By Vicky Phillips, Chief Education Analyst
Diploma Mill Recipient Drew Johansen, Center, with Two Olympic AthletesDiploma mill recipient Coach Drew Johansen, center, with two Olympic athletes.
Drew Johansen coached the U.S. dive team to Olympic glory in 2012. He is the king of swim coaches, according to a press release issued by Indiana University via Swim World Magazine last month after IU lured Coach Johansen away from rival Duke University.

Unfortunately, Johansen’s only degree, an online bachelor’s in PE, was awarded by Rochville University, the same diploma mill that awarded my dog a master’s degree based on a review of his exceptional resume in 2009.

Last week, a tattletale article in the Indianapolis Star ignited an ugly battle on the issue of degree mills, educational integrity and shaky ethical standards inside academia. 

Read the Indy Star commentary and you’ll discover many believe that neither the degree mill swim coach nor IU did anything wrong. 

Give me a break. A degree is just a piece of paper. This guy is more than qualified to do what he was hired to do, which is coach diving, with or without that piece of paper.

I, on the other hand, look at this story and see the proverbial tale of smart folks being soundly blinded by the lure of future Olympic gold. 

This story reeks of “wrong.” 

Here is why.

Belford Diploma Mill Lawsuit Awards Millions to Duped Students
Diploma Mill Police  >  Fake Diploma News
By Rachel Wang   
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A network of diploma mills operating under the brand name of Belford suffered a financial blow after a federal court in Michigan mandated a $22.7 million payout to duped students who bought the group's fake GED diplomas and college degrees. Belford High School and Belford University—both owned by Pakistani businessman Salem Kureshi—lost a federal class-action lawsuit for selling scam credentials to students. Now the Belford gorup of schools must make financial amends to their duped alumni in what authorities have ruled a degree mill scam involving several Internet domains, all operating under the Belford tagline.

On Aug. 31, 2012, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith ordered Kureshi and his co-defendants to pay $22.7 million in a lawsuit settlement to Belford students in compensation for selling unaccredited diplomas and degrees. The Belford scam encompassed 30,500 plaintiffs living in the U.S. who purchased a fake diploma from Belford High School or Belford University from 2003 to 2009, at the start of the lawsuit.

Breivik Sold Fake Diplomas to Fund Killing Spree
Diploma Mill Police  >  Fake Diploma News
By Vicky Phillips   
Breivik next to policeman in car

Breivik Leaving Courthouse
(on-Are Berg-Jacobsen/AFP/Getty Images)

According to reports published in the University World News, the worst mass murderer in Norwegian history, Anders Behring Breivik, funded his killing sprees by operating a fake diploma and college credentials business online. The fake diplomas were hand-crafted in Asia to look as if they had been issued by Ivy League universities in the USA.

Breivik, the notorious gunman who killed 77 innocent young campers on Utoya Island, Norway, admits to having netted over a million dollars by running a racket that cranked out fake diplomas online.

The fraud catered largely to buyers from the United States. Brejvik sold a reported 200 fake diploma packets a month to Internet shoppers.

Community College Officials Cited in SF Technical, Lacrosse University Diploma Mill Investigations
Diploma Mill Police  >  Fake Diploma News
Higher Education officials at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama are under investigation for securing top positions using fake degrees they earned online from two rumored degree mills: Lacrosse University and San Francisco Technical University.

An online report published by the
Alabama Press-Register details how James Lowe, appointed president of Bishop State in 2008, earned his doctorate life experience degree from San Francisco Technical University, an unaccredited online college that no longer exists.

Read more about the online degree mill investigation
Degree Mill Grads Run the Show at Alabama State College
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Richard Hardin, a researcher for the Alabama Cooperative for Public Education (ACOPE), based in Mobile, Alabama, has authored an eye-opening report about degree mills and state college employment practices. The report, which appears in The American Reporter, alleges that several Alabama state college systems are knowingly being run by presidents or chief academic officers whose PhD degrees have been issued by scam degree mills that specialize in selling bogus life experience degrees.

Find out who was named in the online degree mill scam

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