One “e” and 2,500 miles from UC Berkeley, Dennis J. Globosky churned out bogus university degrees from the phony University of Berkley at an office park in Erie, Pa., selling them on the Internet for as much as $5,000, according to Pennsylvania authorities. Now the former New Mexico state trooper, who often referred to himself as “Dr. Dennis Globosky” despite having only a high school education, could face stiff civil penalties from a lawsuit filed recently by Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Tom Corbett, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The suit accuses Globosky of violating the state’s consumer protection statutes by selling as many as 12,500 fake diplomas – from associate degrees to doctorates – and raking in more than $34 million since the late 1990s. The real California university, which has waged its own campaign against Globosky, welcomed the action. The university had asked Globosky to stop using the name. He answered that he was within his rights because his university was started in the town of Berkley, Mich., though he did add a disclaimer to his 17 websites saying his company had no affiliation with UC Berkeley.