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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Fake Degrees All the Rage in Korean Music Industry

It's big business too.

Prosecutors have caught some 120 Koreans buying fake Russian degrees in collusion with a Russian professor.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office Sunday said that they arrested a 51-year-old Korean woman, identified as Do, on charges of selling fake Russian music degrees to 21 Korean professors and musicians and fake master's degrees and to about 100 other Koreans.

Prosecutors said that Do, who operated a private institute in Seoul, is believed to have colluded with a Russian professor, who now serves as the dean of a Russian music college.

Investigators are considering asking the Russian law-enforcement authorities to investigate and extradite the Russian professor to Korea.

Do was also accused of pocketing about 2.5 billion won ($2.4 million) from Koreans and issuing the counterfeit Russian master's and doctorate degrees to them after offering brief lessons and one-week-long tours to Russian universities.
Damn, hope they have the names of all that purchased the fake degrees.