• April 23, 2014

3 Operators of Major Diploma-Mill Chain Plead Guilty to Fraud Charges

Three people who ran a notorious string of diploma mills pleaded guilty last week to fraud charges, The Seattle Times reported.

The three — Dixie E. Randock, Steven K. Randock, and their daughter, Heidi Kae Lorhan — each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. The charges are punishable by up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Randocks ran dozens of diploma mills, many of which they claimed were based in Liberia. The best known of the operations was Saint Regis University, as The Chronicle described in a special report in 2004 on the problem of diploma mills. —Thomas Bartlett

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