Romania Probes Fake Diploma Scam

Romanian police have started an investigation in seven universities across the country, seizing graduation files that are suspected to have been forged, local press report.

According to police officers, the graduation documents were compiled in several weeks, covering subjects such as economy, oil and gas engineering. Some universities now under investigation have been undergoing liquidation since 2001.

The daily newspaper Romania Libera recently reported that around 15,000 fake diplomas were allegedly issued at the Military and Police academies in Bucharest. The average price for a fake diploma was 3,500 euro.

Last week, the anti-fraud department within Ministry of Defence said that it investigated 52 cases of fraud in 2008, including ones of high-ranking generals who got faked PhD diplomas in order to become university professors.

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