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Woop! Woop! Woop! Diploma mill alert!



The latest Florida VIP accused of obtaining a bogus degree is Charley Price, a Republican activist and former external affairs director for the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs.

As detailed in this St. Petersburg Times story over the weekend, Price’s resume lists a law degree from the Monticello School of Law in Kansas, which Kansas officials portray as a diploma mill. Price is now suing a handful of Korean War veterans, saying they exchanged defamatory e-mails about his degree to members of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Stories about alleged diploma mills never cease popping up in Florida, which hasn’t done much to deter people from claiming questionable degrees. Last year, the St. Petersburg Times wrote about a master’s degree obtained by Walt McNeil, then secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice and now secretary at the Department of Corrections. Last summer, the Gradebook noted that Eddie Long, the megachurch minister who recently joined the FAMU Foundation board of directors, claims a Ph.D. from a school that is not recognized as accredited by federal officials.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:10am]


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