facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Man ran college scam while behind bars

Jan. 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM   |   Comments

RACINE, Wis., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin prison inmate has been accused of setting up and running a fake university while behind bars.

Kenneth Shong, 45, a Racine Correctional Institution inmate, has been charged with one count of being party to fraud for setting up and running Carlingford University, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Thursday.

In 2006, Shong allegedly persuaded a fellow inmate to pay $1,740.50 in tuition while serving time at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution, a criminal report said.

Under Shong's instruction, the man had his mother send the money to Carlingford's Mobile, Ala., campus, which turned out to be a post office box set up by an accomplice of Shong's.

The accomplice, an Ashwaubenon man convicted in the 1990s of sexual assault, allegedly met Shong in prison and agreed to set up a post office box for him and make a Web site for Carlingford University once he got out of prison.

The Ashwaubenon man allegedly set up the post office box and had a friend create the Web site, the report said.

Shong is the only person facing charges in the case so far.

Shong was serving prison time for a string of check forgeries in Dane County, court records said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
5
'Old Ironsides' sails across Boston Harbor before 3-year-rehab
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback