O'Donnell Fraudulently Accepted Grad Fellowship w/o Bachelor's Degree
by joelspolls, Mon Sep 20, 2010 at 10:33:15 AM EDT
We all know that Christine O'Donnell is an extremist and more than a little bit nutty. But apparently she is also guilty of the outright fraud of accepting a graduate fellowship before she graduated college.
See below for the details:
According to O'Donnell's campaign website's biography she:
was awarded a 2002 Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship in Constitutional Government from the Claremont Institute in Claremont, CA.
Big surprise, I know -- the Claremont Institute funding a movement conservative.
But here's where it gets interesting: According to her Wikipedia entry, she didn't actually receive her Bachelor's degree until this year!
She attended her university's commencement ceremony in 1993 but did not receive a degree. O'Donnell later said the degree was withheld due to unpaid tuition.[nb 2] In 1994, Fairleigh Dickinson sued her for $4,823, winning a judgment for the entire amount according to court documents. The debt was paid in 2003. After O'Donnell completed a required course in the summer of 2010, Fairleigh Dickinson awarded her a bachelor's degree in English literature, with a concentration in communication.
If that's true, she accepted a presumably multi-thousand dollar graduate fellowship on the self-evidently fraudulent grounds that she was actually a college graduate.
While this is probably beyond the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution, this seems like a very clear-cut case of academic and financial fraud. It also should be pretty easy to fact check.
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