Diploma Mill

California man off to prison in fake diploma scheme

Prosecutors say they were fake diplomas from a pretend university -- but the man behind them is heading to a real prison. The California man was sentenced to eight months behind bars on mail fraud charges. Ronald Pellar claimed to own Columbia State University -- a bogus school in Louisiana that offered bachelor's, master's and even doctorate degrees through mail-order correspondence. Prosecutors say the fictitious diplomas sold for as much as three-thousand dollars, but they're not that sympathetic to the so-called victims. They say most of Pellar's customers knew the credentials were fake, but wanted them for jobs or promotions. Prosecutors say Pellar also has to pay restitution and forfeit a yacht he bought with the proceeds. They say he made (m) millions of dollars.