A decision in a case that brought a bad name to Pakistan on account of fake degrees in the US and other parts of the world has been announced.
A US court on Tuesday sentenced Axact Vice President Umair Hamid to 21 months in prison and levied a fine of $5,303,020 “for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through the Pakistani company.”
According to the Department of Justice’s website, Hamid pled guilty on April 6 this year to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. “He entered the guilty plea before a US District judge who imposed today’s sentence”.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “Umair Hamid and Axact operated a massive diploma mill that preyed on consumers who thought their tuition would pay for a college education. Instead, Hamid provided victims with worthless fake diplomas. Defendants like Hamid who profit from fake schools face very real penalties, including prison time.”
In May 2015, Axact had come under investigation when The New York Times’ investigative journalist Declan Walsh exposed a scandal regarding the company’s notorious business of fake degrees.
Pakistani authorities shut down the Axact website and arrested Hamid and several others in May 2015.