The Korea Herald


Korean med professors arrested for diploma scam

By Jung Min-kyung

Published : May 17, 2017 - 15:54

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Faculty members of a Korean medicine college in Seoul were arrested on allegations of selling confidential lab test data to students preparing dissertations for master’s and Ph.D. degrees, according to police on Tuesday.

(Courtesy of Yongin Dongbu Police Station) (Courtesy of Yongin Dongbu Police Station)

The unnamed suspects, a 59-year-old professor and 40-year-old assistant professor, are accused of making illicit proceeds of about 750 million won ($670,000) since 2012 by providing personally analyzed lab results to paying students and approving the submitted results as committee advisers. Their 45 clients were booked without detention.

Police plan to file a request with the Ministry of Education to tighten surveillance against academic scams.