Florida Nursing Schools Accused of Selling Thousands of Fake Diplomas in Scheme Worth Millions

29 January 2023

Three Florida nursing schools (Siena College, Palm Beach School of Nursing and Sacred Heart International Institute) are accused of selling thousands of fake nursing diplomas

1) Recruitment of aspirants,  2) Fake degrees & transcripts,  3) Passing national nursing board exam.

OIG report: Scheme of three parts

The schools distributed more than 7,600 fraudulent diplomas worth over $100 million or roughly $15,000 per diploma.

– All the schools are now defunct

The DOJ is prosecuting participants in the alleged scheme in five separate cases.

– 25 defendants including school directors and diploma recipients were charged in the scheme and each face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

– Attorneys for defendants were not listed in a federal court database.