Online School That Gave Cat an MBA Is Sued

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania attorney general's office Monday sued an online university for allegedly selling bogus academic degrees including an MBA awarded to a cat.

Trinity Southern University in Texas, a cellular company and the two brothers who ran them are accused of misappropriating Internet addresses of the state Senate and more than 60 Pennsylvania businesses to sell fake degrees and prescription drugs by spam e-mail, according to the lawsuit.

Investigators paid $299 for a bachelor's degree for Colby Nolan a deputy attorney general's 6-year-old black cat claiming he had experience including baby-sitting and retail management.

The school, which offers no classes, allegedly determined Colby Nolan's resume entitled him to a master of business administration degree; a transcript listed the cat's course work and 3.5 grade-point average.

The state is seeking a permanent injunction, civil penalties, costs and restitution for violating consumer law and restrictions on unsolicited e-mail ads.

Prosecutors said more than 18,000 illegal e-mails were sent out this year with links to Trinity Southern's Web address, including 300 that appeared to originate from the Internet servers of Pennsylvania companies and institutions.

Among the alleged victims are Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous Internet service providers, businesses and technology companies.

The defendants are the school; Innovative Cellular and Wireless Inc. of Corpus Christi, Texas; Alton Scott Poe of St. Cloud, Fla., vice chancellor and dean of admission for Trinity; and Craig Barton Poe of Frisco, Texas, president of Innovative Cellular.

A phone message left at Trinity Southern was not returned Monday. None of the other three defendants appears to have a listed or published phone number. (external - login to view)
They will do anything to make money. Capitalists.
Rick van Opbergen
Somehow this is quite funny But also very SAD.
As a matter of fact, I still have their paper work. My email address was one of these addresses. They will give me a PhD for any subject of my choosing for a mere $500 US.

I talked to the person by phone, he offered that if I take the M.Sc and the PhD. together the total cost will be $800.00 for both. A discount of $200.00. LOL
Reverend Blair
Don't employers check to see if a school has accreditation though and if a student actually went there? These things are nothing new, you used buy degrees by mail order, now it's the internet.
Recently, I discovered that employer really do not check as thorough as they used too. As long as you agree with their pay scale and you know something about the trade, you are hired. But it all depends on the employer of course.
Who remembers Jag Bhaduria? (external - login to view)
Good one. Thanks

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