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Diploma-Mill Bribery

By Andrew Trotter — March 28, 2006 1 min read
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An Arizona man has admitted to bribing three Liberian diplomats between 2002 and 2004 to arrange for Liberia’s accreditation of Saint Regis University, a Washington state-based “diploma mill” that sold phony college degrees over the Internet, including to some Georgia educators. (“Educators’ Degrees Earned On Internet Raise Fraud Issues,” May 5, 2004.)

Under a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Spokane, Wash., last week, Richard J. Novak may face 10 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines for his part in a conspiracy to commit fraud.

A version of this article appeared in the March 29, 2006 edition of Education Week

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