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A federal agency has shut down a high school diploma mill that allegedly took $11 million from adults across the United States.
The Federal Trade Commission froze the assets of Diversified Educational Resources, LLC and Motivational & Developmental Services, Ltd., which had been selling diplomas for $200 to $600, according to a CBS report.  
According to CBS, "Those seeking diplomas were given a multiple choice test and then, after paying, were awarded a diploma that consumers were told was legitimate. Among the names of schools on the diplomas were Jefferson High School Online and Enterprise High School Online."
"A high school diploma is necessary for entry into college, the military, and many jobs," Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. "These defendants took students' money but only provided a worthless credential that won't help their future plans."  


 
 
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Federal authorities have charged a Connecticut man with selling fake diplomas in an elaborate scheme involving fake  school websites, fake accrediting entities and fake diplomas.  According to the United States Attorney's Office in Connecticut that has filed the charges, the man collected more than $5 million from individuals in connection with the diploma mill scheme. 
The man faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.  The charges were reported by NBC Connecticut.