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State probes purchase of phony diplomas and degrees

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Attorney General Tom Corbett is investigating more than 135 Pennsylvania residents who allegedly bought diplomas from a business in Spokane, Wash., that sold high school diplomas and college degrees under the name Saint Regis University.

Federal investigators believe more than 9,000 customers nationally may have purchased counterfeit academic documents from Saint Regis.

Corbett’s task is to ensure that no Pennsylvanians have used the certificates to get a foot in the door of careers in which poor performance carries high risk, such as neurosurgery and air traffic control.

“Using falsified credentials to obtain state certification for various jobs jeopardizes the health and safety of Pennsylvania residents,” Corbett said. “The Office of Attorney General will work with other state agencies to determine if any of the individuals named in this investigation have used fraudulent degrees improperly.”

Advice: As always, it’s caveat emptor when reviewing job applications. There are many legitimate online degree programs, but diploma mills like Saint Regis spring up all the time. Separating the two is harder than it sounds: Regis University, a legitimate institution in Denver, says it has suffered significant damage to its reputation as a result of the Saint Regis fraud.

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