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May 19, 2023

Five Defendants Plead Guilty to Fraudulent Nursing Diploma Scheme

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida announced on May 15th that five defendants pled guilty to wire fraud conspiracy. They are a few of dozens charged for allegedly creating an illegal licensing scheme that provided would-be nurses with an employment shortcut. The five defendants  admitted to soliciting people who wanted nursing credentials without completing a nursing program, and to working with the Palm Beach School of Nursing to create fraudulent transcripts, diplomas, and evidence of completion of clinical rotations for those individuals. One defendant admitted she was responsible for processing applications for the people seeking nursing credentials and admitted that each aspiring nurse paid the school $15,000 for the false documents. All five defendants admitted that they profited from the scheme. Sentencing is currently scheduled for July 27th, and each defendant faces up to twenty (20) years in federal prison.

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