- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 19, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — Teachers, students and administrators tampered with a private college’s computer system to change grades and create fake degrees for money, prosecutors say. Among the fake degrees given were those for physicians assistants, they said.

The 10 defendants created or altered records for at least 50 persons since January, charging $3,000 to $25,000 for better or deleted grades and for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said Monday.

Those indicted include Touro College’s former director of admissions, the former director of the school’s computer center, three former Touro students and three public school teachers.

“One dangerous thing they did was give degrees to physicians assistants,” Mr. Morgenthau said.

Records found in the home of Andrique Baron, 34, a former admissions director at Touro’s campus in Manhattan, showed that he might have been running the scheme earlier than 2003, Mr. Morgenthau said.

Mr. Baron’s main accomplice was Michael Cherner, 50, former director of the computer center at the school’s Brooklyn campus, the district attorney said.

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