Counterfeit Educational Credentials

Diploma Mills Cost Companies Millions


In 1997, Marion Kolitwenze's 8-year-old daughter, Rose, was diagnosed with type I juvenile diabetes. Marion was told that Rose would need insulin injections the rest of her life. In September 1999, Simon Becker, the doctor treating Rose at the time, believed that a virus was affecting her blood sugars and not diabetes. He referred them to Laurence Perry, a practitioner of naturopathic medicine. Marion took Rose to the office and home of Perry, and was impressed by the seemingly prestigious degrees hanging on his walls. The doctor's office had examination rooms, medical instruments, and other official accoutrements. Perry wore a white coat and even told Marion that he was a consultant on viruses for the government. Within a few weeks, he concluded that a virus had indeed raised Rose's blood sugar level and began a treatment that he said would attempt to "teach" Rose's immune system to stop the virus from affecting the blood sugars. Marion continued to receive instructions over the phone on how to treat Rose. On Oct. 19, just 10 days after the last visit, Perry told Marion to stop the insulin treatments. Two days later, Rose died from diabetic ketoacidosis, caused by lack of insulin.1

Laurence Perry was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license. The diploma on his office wall indicated that he had a "doctor of medicine" degree from the British West Indies Medical College, but no such school exists.2 His prestigious credentials were from a fraudulent degree mill. Most frauds dupe us out of our hard-earned cash; this one took a life.

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