Guilty plea in fake diploma scheme


PHILADELPHIA (WTNH) — A Cromwell man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a multi-million dollar fake college diploma scheme.

James Enowitch, 48, entered his guilty plea Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia.

According to federal authorities, Enowitch sold $5 million worth of fake degrees around the world from 2003 to 2012. He made more than $700,000 in profit. The so-called universities granting the degrees — Redding University, Suffield University Glendale University, Greenwood University, Bryson University — had no faculty, no classes, and weren’t recognized by the Department of Education.

From the Justice Department:

Enowitch admitted that he and others created phony transcripts stating that the purchaser had taken courses that the purchaser had never taken; allowed purchasers to create their own transcripts and backdate degrees; and provided fraudulent verification services to back up the fake degrees, in case an employer or other party sought verification. The degree packages ranged in price from $475 to $550 for associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral-level degrees, with a “multi-degree discount” for buying more than one. For an additional fee, purchasers could also allegedly select grades for the phony courses included in their transcripts.

He could get up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced.

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