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  • Troopers who used fake diplomas will be suspended

    Eight Washington State Patrol troopers who used diplomas from fake schools to try and claim pay raises will be suspended, but not fired.


  • WSP wants to fire diploma buyers

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Patrol has made a preliminary decision to fire eight troopers who used fake diplomas to claim pay raises. Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins said Monday’s recommendation …


  • WSP recommends firing 8 troopers over fake diplomas

    OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol has made a preliminary decision to fire eight troopers who used fake diplomas to claim pay raises.


  • Two troopers under scrutiny quit

    Two of the 10 Washington State Patrol troopers under internal investigation into whether they obtained phony college degrees online have resigned, according to a WSP spokesman.


  • Health officials accuse 3 of buying fake degrees

    A social worker and two counselors in the Puget Sound area have been accused of buying fake degrees from a Spokane diploma mill.


  • U.S. Army eyeing fake diplomas

    The U.S. Army is investigating soldiers who bought degrees from an illegal diploma mill that was based in Spokane and resulted in prison time for its operators. It’s also warning …


  • Our View: Troopers’ fake degrees point to flawed system

    The 10 Washington State Patrol troopers who got raises in exchange for dubious diplomas won’t be prosecuted, says Thurston County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jon Tunheim, because it would’ve been difficult …


  • Troopers will not face charges

    OLYMPIA – No criminal charges will be filed against 10 Washington State Patrol troopers who used phony college diplomas to obtain higher pay. All, however, have repaid the extra money …


  • Diploma mill webmaster gets 4 years for fraud, porn

    The computer guru behind a Spokane-based diploma mill operation who was caught with 11,000 images of child pornography was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison – the longest term …


  • Diploma mill owners tried bribes

    Operators of a Spokane-based diploma mill, now in federal prison for wire and mail fraud, were attempting to accredit their bogus online universities by bribing officials in Russia, India and …


  • Diploma mill sentence 3 years

    Steven Karl Randock Sr., described by a prosecutor as the chief financial operator of a Spokane-based diploma mill, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after his defense attorney …


  • State reviewing diploma list

    Washington state agencies are reviewing the list of customers of a Spokane-based diploma mill, trying to determine whether any are state employees who used fraudulent degrees to get a job, …


  • Not all on list bought degrees

    A database list of almost 10,000 individuals associated with “Operation Gold Seal” includes names of 27 people who didn’t necessarily buy degrees but were associated in other capacities with the …


  • List identifies buyers of fake college degrees

    Hundreds of people working in the military, government and education are on a list of almost 10,000 people who spent $7.3 million buying phony and counterfeit high school and college …


  • Buyers of fake diplomas shielded

    Operators of a Spokane diploma mill are heading to federal prison, while senior Justice Department officials say they are going to keep secret the names of the 10,815 buyers who …


  • Diploma mill case finished

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Spokane has concluded its prosecution of eight defendants in a diploma mill fraud case, getting guilty pleas from everyone and canceling a trial that had …


  • Woman behind diploma mill scheme pleads guilty to federal charges

    Dixie Ellen Randock, a high-school dropout who masterminded a Spokane-based Internet scheme to sell bogus high school and university degrees around the world, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit …


  • In brief: Diploma mill copycat’s plea deal rejected

    A Spokane man charged this week in connection with a “copycat” diploma mill operation changed his mind Thursday and did not plead guilty as he previously indicated to federal wire …


  • Copycat diploma mill charges filed

    A federal task force that’s three years into investigating a Spokane-based diploma mill ring filed new charges this week against a man who is accused of running a copycat online …


  • Attorney: Feds knew about fake degree

    The U.S. Marshals Service promoted David F. Brodhagen to a supervisory position in Spokane even after learning he had bought a bogus college degree from a fake online university, a …


  • Judge OKs trip to Liberia for lawyers

    U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko on Friday authorized a team of defense attorneys and investigators to travel from Spokane to Africa at taxpayer expense to take sworn statements from …


  • Recipient of fake degree will plead guilty

    A former deputy U.S. marshal who bought a bogus college degree online and used it to get a $15,000—a-year job promotion is scheduled to plead guilty to a federal crime …


  • Judge considers Liberia trip in diploma mill case

    A federal judge in Spokane heard arguments Tuesday over whether to send a team of defense attorneys, prosecutors and investigators to Africa at taxpayers’ expense as part of the upcoming …


  • Four diploma mill suspects ask judge to suppress evidence

    Four Spokane-area residents accused of operating a fraudulent worldwide diploma mill are attempting to have evidence gathered against them suppressed in U.S. District Court. Attorneys for Dixie and Steve Randock, …


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