- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 16, 2004


DALLAS — The Texas attorney general has obtained a temporary restraining order against a reputed diploma mill that once sold a master’s degree in business administration to a cat.

The state brought action against Trinity Southern University of Dallas, and owners Craig B. and Alton S. Poe are under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The state’s lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction, penalties and restitution for students.

“This unaccredited university offers ‘degrees’ for sale and charges from $300 to $500 for what amounts to worthless paper,” Attorney General Greg Abbott said.

The Poes market, promote and churn out the “degrees” via Internet advertisements, Mr. Abbott said.

The Trinity Southern Web site says a prospective student has “no classes to attend, no tests to take.” The students are qualified based on their own testimony about their skills and experience.

The Pennsylvania attorney general has sought an injunction against the same operation after the office said it bought a degree for a cat using an undercover name.

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