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Court Sentences Man for Using Fake University Diploma

The University of Tartu main building
The University of Tartu main building Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

The Pärnu County Court has found a 47-year-old man guilty of presenting a fake university diploma when applying for the director position at a Pärnu nursing home last year.

Heinar Ipsberg was given a three year suspended sentence of two months conditional imprisonment. In addition, he has to cover the 530-euro cost of the legal proceedings, court spokeswoman Elo Kirsipuu said.

The incident took place last November when Ipsberg presented the nursing home a doctored copy of a diploma supposedly issued to him by the University of Tartu in 1989. The fraud was detected after he had already been appointed to the position, wrote uudised.err.ee.

According to Helen Asveit, academic affairs specialist at the university, the diploma Ipsberg copied was indeed issued, though in 1987 and to another person.

 


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