Greater than three,000 UK residents bought pretend levels from Pakistan-based mostly IT firm Axact in 2013 and 2014, a BBC Radio 4 investigation has revealed.
The information comes simply months after an in-depth investigation by Canada’s national broadcaster uncovered that a whole lot of individuals working in numerous fields throughout Canada possess bogus levels issued by Axact.
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Among the many British clients of Axact’s bogus diplomas are medical professionals working for UK’s Nationwide Well being Service together with consultants, nurses, an ophthalmologist and a psychologist, the exposé by BBC Radio four*’s File on four programme revealed.
An engineer and a serious defence contractor which bought levels for seven of its staff, together with two helicopter pilots, are additionally among the many consumers. The levels are issued by non-existent on-line universities with names comparable to Nixon College and Baychester College.
Axact in an official response dismissed the BBC article as “baseless” and part of “false propaganda” towards it. In line with the BBC staff, that they had written to Axact however nobody responded on the time.
Utilizing a bogus diploma to use for a job constitutes fraud by misrepresentation beneath UK legal guidelines and will end in a ten-yr jail sentence, the BBC quoted an official as saying.
An anesthesiologist who bought a level in “hospital administration” advised the BBC he had not used the qualification within the UK, whereas a advisor in paediatric emergency drugs, who possessed a “grasp of science in well being care know-how”, claimed it was an “utter shock” when the broadcaster advised him the diploma was pretend.
UK schooling authorities advised the BBC they have been taking “decisive motion to crack down on diploma fraud”.
Allen Ezell, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who has investigated diploma mills for many years, advised the BBC Axact was now resorting to extortion and blackmail to glean cash from its clients.
“You get a phone name that appears prefer it’s coming out of your embassy or native regulation enforcement, threatening to arrest or deport you until you get some further paperwork to assist help the phony diploma you have already got. We have by no means seen that earlier than,” he stated.
Based on the BBC report, a British engineer residing in Saudi Arabia, acquired threatening calls from Axact brokers even after paying almost £500,000 for pretend qualifications.
The BBC stated Axact didn’t reply to its request for an interview.
Responding to the BBC report, Axact issued an official response on its website, terming the article “baseless” and “nonfactual”. It alleged that the story is “merely a continuation within the saga of smear campaigns”.
Axact additionally uploaded a legal notice for defamation despatched to the BBC over the article.
Axact first got here into the limelight in 2015 when a New York Occasions report titled “Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions” outlined how the “secretive Pakistani software program firm” had allegedly earned tens of millions of dollars from scams involving pretend levels, non-existent on-line universities and manipulation of consumers.
In accordance with the report, Axact had created a collection of faux web sites involving “professors” and college students who it stated have been in truth paid actors.
Umair Hamid, a vice chairman of Axact, was final yr sentenced to 21 months in prison within the US for his position within the worldwide diploma mill scheme. Along with the jail time period, Hamid, 31, from Karachi, was ordered to forfeit $5,303,020. He had pleaded responsible on April 6, 2017 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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