After discovering Morgan County’s embattled former council administrator could have obtained advanced degrees using a diploma mill, the Morgan County attorney is advising employers to question credentials listed on resumes and job applications. While gathering Garth B. Day’s personal belongings in his former office, County Attorney Jann Farris came across Day’s bachelor’s and master’s degree certificates from Rochville University. “It looked suspicious,” Farris said. Farris’ suspicions led him online, where Wikipedia states the university has been accused of being a diploma mill that offers degrees based on life experience and a fee.
His 2008 job application, obtained through a GRAMA request, states that he received a B.S. degree in political science/public administration from Weber State University. However, although WSU’s registrar confirmed Day’s attendance at the university from 1992 to 1997, Day never graduated with a degree. Day entered six guilty pleas in federal court in June and admitted he stole nearly $1 million from Morgan County. He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.