Private Investigators Can Uncover Fake Degrees

The Fake RadioShack Executive

Imagine a powerful executive being forced to resign because he didn’t have a college degree. That is in effect what occurred to the CEO of RadioShack when it was discovered that he had a bogus college degree and had apparently lied about it when applying for his job. Since no one had done any background checks before hiring him, and had simply accepted what it said on the resume as fact, it had taken years to discover.

The CEO (David J. Edmondson) had turned RadioShack around, taking it from an almost defunct chain to a powerful money-maker. Many people were very upset about the firing, but the board was adamant. The CEO had lied, submitted a false resume, and could not be allowed to continue in the corporation.

Bogus Degrees: A Problem in Corporate America

While it doesn’t always become public knowledge, this happens more often than you would think. With the preponderance of online colleges and universities, it has become extremely easy to get a degree in a large variety of subjects without ever stepping foot in a classroom. This has led to bogus colleges who will give you a degree without any requirements.

Often these colleges choose a name that is very similar to a legitimate school so that the uninitiated will have no idea that the degree is entirely without any basis. Employers looking to hire someone with a degree have no idea that the applicant before them has never spent even a minute learning the subject in which they claim to have been educated.

Getting To Know Lee

When Lee graduated high school, he did not feel like going to college. He had more than enough of school, studying and the whole school social scene. He also hated sitting at a desk all day. So he decided that he would begin a career as a personal trainer.

After doing some research Lee realized that he would most likely have an easier time finding clients if he had some sort of credentials. After all, no one wants to work with a trainer who has no qualifications. Lee knew he would need to find some way to attract clients.

After scouting around online, Lee discovered that there were various means of obtaining certification. The real way meant he would have to take some science courses, learn all about the human body and how it works, and then take some tests. This would all take time. It would also mean that he would be well-equipped to help his clients work out in a safe and healthy way.

Online Certification

Not being interested in even another minute of studying, Lee looked for an easier way. It was not hard to find. There were plenty of easy online courses that offered a simple and quick certificate. All you needed to do was pay some money and you got your credentials. Of course, there was ostensibly some material to study and you had to take a written test, but this was all accomplished online and there was nobody watching to make sure you didn’t cheat.

Lee scored a perfect mark on his test. This was not hard to accomplish being that he had the materials sent to him by the college opened in front of him while he took the test. He received his certificate in the mail the next week.

Lee was hired by a large corporation. He started on the bottom but eventually rose to become a prominent executive. He hired staff and eventually was the CEO of a large exercise business. Not a single person under him knew of his bogus credentials and no one knew to ask any questions.

There are those that argue that credentials, degrees, and titles mean nothing. If you can revitalize a business like RadioShack or do a good job as an executive, who really cares what kind of degree you do or don’t have?

The other side of the argument is obvious. Executives need to be honest and say the truth. And corporations deserve to know who they are hiring. That is why many corporations will hire a private investigator like Gradoni & Associates to conduct research before hiring an executive or naming someone in the company to a top post. And with the state of honesty in the world today, it is definitely money well spent.

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