Court Temporarily Halts Florida-Based Online Diploma Mill
A U.S. district court put a temporary stop to a Florida-based diploma mill that marketed and sold fake high school diplomas online.
The stop came at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is suing Diversified Educational Resources and Motivational Management & Development Services for using deceptive practices to swindle victims out of nearly $11 million.
The companies charged students between $200 and $300 for diplomas that they said were official documents from accredited high schools. The company claimed that students who were enrolled in their program could use the diplomas to get into college, join the military or apply for jobs. According to the FTC complaint, the company also fabricated an accrediting body for the fake high schools.
The companies did business under a variety of school names including Jefferson High School Online and Enterprise High School Online.
Online intuitions are a diploma mill if they charge you a flat fee for a degree, offer a degree in a few months, weeks or days, require little or no course work and no interaction with teachers, and offer you a degree for your work or life experience alone.
More information about diploma mills can be found on the FTC website.