FTC Shuts Down Diploma Mill Operators


The principal owners doing business as “Jefferson High School Online” and “Enterprise High School Online,” are permanently banned from marketing and selling academic degrees under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. Defendants led consumers to believe that those who passed their online multiple-choice exam and paid between $200 and $300 could obtain legitimate high school diplomas. U.S. district court judge signed a temporary restraining order to halt the deceptive practices and freeze the assets of the defendants. The orders also impose a judgment of more than $11.1 million against the defendants and the corporate entity.

The FTC is also seeking separate default judgments with similar prohibitions against two additional businesses operated by the defendants: Diversified Educational Resources (DER) LLC and Motivational Management & Development Services (MMDS), Ltd .

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