Man accused of starting fake college from prison

A lifelong con man accused of starting a fake university and churning out fake diplomas–while in prison in Wisconsin–appeared in court Tuesday to face a fraud charge, years after the complex scheme was uncovered, the Associated Press reports. Kenneth Shong, 45, was allegedly working with associates outside the prison walls to operate a suspected diploma mill that was recruiting students for at least two years before investigators caught on, authorities said. The Associated Press first reported the alleged scheme in February 2010. Shong, described by a judge in 2005 as having a history of “outwitting, outplaying and outlasting authorities,” was set to be released from prison last Saturday on a forgery conviction. He was instead taken into custody and charged Thursday with fraudulent writings in Winnebago County. A hearing to determine whether he’ll stand trial is scheduled for Jan. 19…

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