BBC Radio 4investigation revealed that almost 3000 UK citizens bought bogus degrees from Axact in 2013 and 2014. Axact is Pakistan-based IT firm that has been in controversy in the past for selling fake degrees.
This news has come after it was investigated by a Canadian broadcaster that many workers in Canada have a fake degree given by Axact.
BBC Radio 4investigation further unveiled that UK citizens who have acquired fake degrees from Axact are now working as medical professionals for UK’s National Health Service. They are nurses, consultants, ophthalmologist, and psychologist.
Moreover, an engineer and a defense contractor bought the fake degrees for 7 workers including two helicopter pilots. The degrees are given by universities that are nonexistent like Nixon University and Baychester University.
Axact official response is this
“Axact condemns this story for its baseless accusations and for its substandard, nonfactual & fallacious reporting pertaining to maligning and defamatory false accusations made in the story published on the BBC website.
The recent article in the BBC that has maligned Axact of allegedly conducting illegal activities is merely a continuation in the saga of smear campaigns orchestrated by Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, owner of the Jang/Geo Group, who has utilized his contacts within the international media as before to push forward his malicious agenda without providing any substantial evidence to prove his absurd claims. In this regard, Axact has also served a legal notice for defamation and spreading false information to BBC and those involved.”
BBC reported that using the fake degree to apply for a job can result in 10-years prison life in the UK.
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UK education officials said that they will take “decisive action to crack down on degree fraud”.
Axact has been in controversies in past as well. Vice President of Axact Umair Hamid was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his part in global diploma mill scheme.