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New state law cracks down on diploma mills

MADISON (WKOW) – Governor Jim Doyle signed a bill to crack down on so-called diploma mills.

It targets unauthorized schools that issue degrees to students who pay them money, but do little work.  It also prohibits those schools from using "college" or "university" in their names.

The bill makes it a crime to manufacture or use false academic credentials.

Supporters say the new law will help prosecutors go after diploma mills and allow employers to take action against people who try to use fake credentials. 

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