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Fake degree scam

ACCA has cracked down hard on a number of students who all claimed to have been awarded degrees from Middlesex University that were obvious forgeries.

November 2018

ACCA has cracked down hard on a number of students who all claimed to have been awarded degrees from Middlesex University that were obvious forgeries.
PQ magazine reported in August that in the past year the estimated number of forged degrees for sale has risen by 30%, and ACCA’s latest action shows it is very much on the case.
Some 18 students to date have gone before the ACCA disciplinary
committee, with the cases looking very
similar. Of these, 17 involved students from Pakistan, with one student from Iraq.
Although each case was investigated separately by the committee, ACCA acknowledged that these were “a series of similar cases listed in a ‘warned list’ over a
seven-day period”.
In most cases, students submitted a Middlesex University Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Finance degree certificate
along with a transcript and certificate of credit, outlining the grades achieved for
every module. ACCA quickly
formed a view that these documents were not genuine and started an investigation. A big hint was the fact that the name of the degree was misspelt! At all the hearings the ACCA brought in a conferment and assessment manager from the university who verified that the documents weren’t genuine.
Interestingly, at one hearing a student admitted they paid 120,000 rupees to a ‘Mr B’, who helped with exemptions.
The students were found guilty of dishonesty and acting contrary to the
fundamental principles of integrity.
Most students were removed from the
student register and ordered to pay costs to ACCA of £3,000 each.
Two students, however, got bigger fines – one for £3,600 and one of £3,900, along
with their notice of removal. These could be for aggravating factors.
Finally, one student was ordered to pay costs of £6,693.80 and was severely reprimanded.

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