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Online School That Gave Cat an MBA Is Sued
http://story.news.yahoo.com/ | 12/7/04 | Justaham

Posted on 12/07/2004 12:47:30 PM PST by Justaham

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press Writer

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania attorney general's office Monday sued an online university for allegedly selling bogus academic degrees — including an MBA awarded to a cat.

Trinity Southern University in Texas, a cellular company and the two brothers who ran them are accused of misappropriating Internet addresses of the state Senate and more than 60 Pennsylvania businesses to sell fake degrees and prescription drugs by spam e-mail, according to the lawsuit.

Investigators paid $299 for a bachelor's degree for Colby Nolan — a deputy attorney general's 6-year-old black cat — claiming he had experience including baby-sitting and retail management.

The school, which offers no classes, allegedly determined Colby Nolan's resume entitled him to a master of business administration degree; a transcript listed the cat's course work and 3.5 grade-point average.

The state is seeking a permanent injunction, civil penalties, costs and restitution for violating consumer law and restrictions on unsolicited e-mail ads.

Prosecutors said more than 18,000 illegal e-mails were sent out this year with links to Trinity Southern's Web address, including 300 that appeared to originate from the Internet servers of Pennsylvania companies and institutions.

Among the alleged victims are Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous Internet service providers, businesses and technology companies.

The defendants are the school; Innovative Cellular and Wireless Inc. of Corpus Christi, Texas; Alton Scott Poe of St. Cloud, Fla., vice chancellor and dean of admission for Trinity; and Craig Barton Poe of Frisco, Texas, president of Innovative Cellular.

A phone message left at Trinity Southern was not returned Monday. None of the other three defendants appears to have a listed or published phone number.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cat; degree; goodkitty; kitty; mba; smartkitty

1 posted on 12/07/2004 12:47:30 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

I guarantee the Cat had PURRRFECT ATTENDANCE!


2 posted on 12/07/2004 12:49:05 PM PST by Hildy (The really great men are always simple and true)
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To: Justaham

Kind of gives new perspective to the blood sweat and tears my Master's cost me. Silly me. I could have just BOUGHT it.


*sigh*


4 posted on 12/07/2004 12:51:14 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............stop unnecessary excerpting.................)
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To: bourbon

a very unwelcome comment!


5 posted on 12/07/2004 12:52:21 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Hildy

I just knew someone would pounce on that LOL


6 posted on 12/07/2004 12:53:13 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks ('Hate' is just a special kind of Love we give to people who suck.)
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To: Justaham
In his defense, the cat had done his undergraduate work in mew-sic. : )


7 posted on 12/07/2004 12:54:01 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Hildy

A cat with an MBA can run that college better.


8 posted on 12/07/2004 12:54:54 PM PST by John Will
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To: Justaham

Ooh. Someone's feeling frisky...


9 posted on 12/07/2004 12:54:55 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks ('Hate' is just a special kind of Love we give to people who suck.)
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To: Justaham

Also posted here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1296143/posts

Doing a search on "cat" turned up nothing. Hmmmm.....


10 posted on 12/07/2004 12:55:39 PM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Justaham

What a revolting development this is!

Should have given their degree-granting a cat-scan.

Do they offer Masters in litterrature?


11 posted on 12/07/2004 12:55:48 PM PST by RexBeach
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To: Justaham

Meow! Meow! Meow!


12 posted on 12/07/2004 12:56:02 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: RexBeach
Do they offer Masters in litterrature?


13 posted on 12/07/2004 1:02:03 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Justaham
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office Monday sued an online university for allegedly selling bogus academic degrees

What's the offense? Is it the selling that constitutes the crime? Or does the crime lie in the fact that only bogus degrees were sold?

Of course it's a fraud, you knew that when you sent in the check with "MBA Degree" written in the memo field! What you're buying is a frameable certificate. Anyone who looks at that and decides to let you work in their clinic or head up their accounting division is a fool and deserves whatever bad things follow.

It's a scam but such an obvious one. How does this differ from "buying a star" from international star registry? In both cases you spend an exorbitant sum of money to procure a nice parchment document to accompany your fantasy.

14 posted on 12/07/2004 1:03:18 PM PST by Moosilauke
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To: Justaham

Proof that cats are smarter than dogs.


15 posted on 12/07/2004 1:03:19 PM PST by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: AppyPappy
Doing a search on "cat" turned up nothing. Hmmmm.....

"Cat"

16 posted on 12/07/2004 1:03:43 PM PST by WildTurkey
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To: Lady Jag

Ping!


17 posted on 12/07/2004 1:04:02 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Justaham
What would you give a cat as a signing bonus? Kibble? Keys to the executive litter box? Loads of catnip? No neutering clause in his contract?
18 posted on 12/07/2004 1:04:49 PM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Justaham

I know a dog who teaches political science at the local university.


19 posted on 12/07/2004 1:07:42 PM PST by Kokojmudd (Today's Liberal is Tomorrow's Prospective Flying Saucer Abductee)
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To: Justaham

I will bet my cats are smarter than alot of those graduates nowadays.


20 posted on 12/07/2004 1:09:28 PM PST by zoobee (www.MyCatHatesYou.com)
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To: Reaganesque

I spelled cat with a "6" and still I didn't find the article!


21 posted on 12/07/2004 1:09:41 PM PST by Holicheese (MMMMMM I like Canukistan strippers!)
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To: RexBeach

"What a revolting development this is!

Should have given their degree-granting a cat-scan."



Perhaps a lab-report is forthcoming.


22 posted on 12/07/2004 1:14:33 PM PST by Kokojmudd (Today's Liberal is Tomorrow's Prospective Flying Saucer Abductee)
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To: Justaham

Craig Barton Poe (b. 1969)
5404 Golden Sunset Ct
Frisco , TX 75034-1733

Alton Scott Poe (b. 1964)
5262 Hammock Cir
Saint Cloud FL 34771-8765

- mwd


23 posted on 12/07/2004 1:17:00 PM PST by mwdouglass
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To: Moosilauke
"What's the offense? Is it the selling that constitutes the crime? Or does the crime lie in the fact that only bogus degrees were sold?"

Read the article...it saves a lot of time and aggravation.

"Trinity Southern University in Texas, a cellular company and the two brothers who ran them are accused of misappropriating Internet addresses of the state Senate and more than 60 Pennsylvania businesses to sell fake degrees and prescription drugs by spam e-mail, according to the lawsuit.

"Prosecutors said more than 18,000 illegal e-mails were sent out this year with links to Trinity Southern's Web address, including 300 that appeared to originate from the Internet servers of Pennsylvania companies and institutions

"Among the alleged victims are Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous Internet service providers, businesses and technology companies."

In case it still isn't clear, this wasn't a simple scam to sell degrees. It's illegal drug sales, spamming, slamming, spoofing and hijacking. The PA AG sued in order to get the FBI involved. Since it's published news, the investigation is probably finished. Next up : charges, followed by other universities or politicos etc across the country stepping up with THEIR complaints, followed by indictments coinciding with arrests, followed by trials.

24 posted on 12/07/2004 1:20:18 PM PST by cake_crumb (Goal of the Left="One Wing to Rule Them all and to the Dark Side Bind Them")
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To: Justaham
More replies here
25 posted on 12/07/2004 1:22:32 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Justaham

Obviously they didn't realize there was a performance claws.


Sorry.


26 posted on 12/07/2004 1:24:42 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (Couldn't you have stopped shooting at us and watched your baby grow instead?)
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To: rface

kitty ping


27 posted on 12/07/2004 1:28:38 PM PST by SavageRepublican (Everything I own is covered with cat hair)
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To: longshadow

Looks like Kent Hovind and Laura Callahan are getting company.


28 posted on 12/07/2004 1:31:14 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Holicheese
Should have spelled it with a cät instead.
29 posted on 12/07/2004 1:32:57 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?)
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To: Tennessee_Bob

Damn, I knew it was either a tilde or an umlout!
I even wrote it in chinese charaters, long and short form!


30 posted on 12/07/2004 1:37:22 PM PST by Holicheese (MMMMMM I like Canukistan strippers!)
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To: Justaham
Do they sell Masters in Hissstory?


31 posted on 12/07/2004 1:46:52 PM PST by KarlInOhio (In a just world, Arafat would have died at the end of a rope.)
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To: Doctor Stochastic
Looks like Kent Hovind and Laura Callahan are getting company.

Yeah, the cat's out of the bag on bogus degrees!

32 posted on 12/07/2004 1:58:54 PM PST by longshadow
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To: Justaham

Two of my cats are jealous, and the other thinks she's smarter than any human with a degree anyway. ;)


33 posted on 12/07/2004 2:19:27 PM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Justaham

34 posted on 12/08/2004 6:59:29 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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