Man ran college scam while behind bars

Jan. 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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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.

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