Five years in jail were imposed on a 'fake university president' who deceived an American corporation that was not accredited as an educational institution into a full-time university and had a degree in Korea.

Supreme Court Part 2 (Judge Sang-ok Park, Supreme Court Justice) said that the 48-year-old Mr. A, who had been brought to trial for violating fraud and higher education law, confirmed the centrifugal sentence of five years in prison.

In January 2015, Mr. A registered as a corporation in the name of 'Templeton University' in California, USA, and pretended to be 'Chairman and President', recruiting online students in Korea and collecting tuition fees.

Mr. A promoted that Templeton University was taking classes on campus in the United States, accredited by the U.S. federal and California governments for higher education.

In addition, it is said that if you have this university degree, you can also transfer to a domestic university or graduate school.

However, Templeton University did not appear to be a school accredited by the US government.

There were no offline classes in the United States, and it was confirmed that they did not receive relevant certifications from US institutions for transfer to domestic universities.

It has been reported that there are about 200 victims.

Mr. A was prosecuted in 2018 for allegedly receiving about 1.38 billion won along with other accomplices in the name of tuition from January 2015 to October 2017.

Both the first and second trials convicted the charges and sentenced them to five years in prison.

Mr. A pleaded that he would take over Henderson University in North Carolina, USA, and change the name to Templeton, but the court did not accept it.

The court heard that it was unclear whether Mr. A took over Henderson University and whether the name change was completed until the trial.

In addition, Henderson University also did not have an accreditation as an educational institution in the United States, so it was determined that the fact that the University of University was not recognized does not change.

A, an adjunct professor at a cyber university in Korea, is known to have been involved in political activities, such as placing his name on the 19th general election candidate for the general election in Busan.

(Photo = Facebook capture, Yonhap News)