Touro College’s former admissions director and nine others tied to the New York City-based institution have been indicted for a “cash for grades scheme” involving fraudulent transcripts. The Manhattan District Attorney has said the students’ transcripts were altered, and transcripts and degrees were created for people who had never attended the college. Those indicted include three city teachers said to have paid for false master’s degrees from Touro, according to The New York Times.
The district attorney’s office found indications that more than 50 transcripts were tampered with this year alone, and that people had paid $3,000 to $25,000 to have transcripts altered or falsified.
Touro said it is cooperating with the investigation, which has resulted in several arrests.
According to today’s NY Times, The NYS Education Department said that it would review the records of all people with Touro College degrees who received professional licenses or teaching certificates from the state in recent years to make sure their records were not falsified.
Tom Dunn, a department spokesman, said the department was undertaking an investigation “to ensure the public is protected from unscrupulous, unqualified and unlicensed individuals.”
Ronald J. Aiello, the lawyer for Andrique Baron, Touro’s former admissions director, said yesterday that his client “received no money to change anybody’s grades,” but had tried to help authorities by “exposing a system that was susceptible to corruption.”
(Sources: NY Times / JTA)