Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A thank you for your blog post on "Dr." Larry Volz

A reader wrote to us today thanking us for our post on Larry Volz (See http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2012/05/larry-volz-phd-scammer.html for details). We're sorry that he had fooled you and we can only hope that, by sharing this information, others can be helped in the future.

The reader wrote:

Good day,
I hope this email finds you well.

I'm writing in regards to your blog post made on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, entitled Larry Volz Fake Doctorate.

I only wish I had found your blog post sooner. Nevertheless, I'm very glad it's out there, because so is he.

Best,



Monday, July 28, 2014

Terry Stokes, Jr. Pleads Guilty

We have an update to our earlier post about Terry Stokes, Jr. (real name Terry Woodward) (See http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2014/07/stage-hypnotist-terry-stokes-arrested.html).

Stokes, Jr. (or Woodward) pled guilty to Consumption/Intoxication and was fined $65 plus court costs, for a total of $356.02.

Stokes is still on the roster of the Entertainment Group, where he claims to be "one of the most talked about and sough after entertainers in the business." Clearly, if this were true, he wouldn't have had to claim indigence, as you can see from the court documents below. Just like most hypnosis entertainers, he clearly lives his life in poverty while giving the world the illusion of success.






Friday, July 25, 2014

Somebody's using FakeDoctorates to promote their business!

We were alerted to this awesome business using our blog to warn others about those who use fake doctorates to boost their credentials. James Leong, Master NLP Trainer, wrote:

"Cautionary note: For those of you thinking of spending your hard-earned money on NLP and Hypnosis certification programs, please make sure the certifying boards or bodies are not set up by someone with FAKE Doctoral Degrees!"
http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/

Thank you, James. If every single ethical hypnotist, NLP practitioner, and alternative medicine practitioner would make it clear that the practice of using fake degrees to boost one's credentials is unacceptable then perhaps these fields would become highly respected and not known for quacks and gimmicks.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Polk State College 'fake professor' charged

Polk State College 'fake professor' charged: LAKELAND, Fla. -- A Polk State College professor is accused of being a fraud, teaching with a fake diploma.

10 News went to Polk State College Thursday and found some students are starting to question the education they're paying for.

The college only has summer classes now, but the few students on campus say they need to know more about 55-year-old business professor David Broxterman. He's accused by the Polk County State Attorney of faking his PhD diploma to teach at the school.

William Mitchell, Springfield, Illinois - PhD Fraud

William Mitchell of Springfield, IL is one of the National Guild of Hypnotists wunderkind's and shining stars.  In a number of sources, Mitchell refers to himself as "Dr. Mitchell" or "Rev. Dr. William Mitchell." However, according to Mitchell, he only "did doctoral work at TCU [Texas Christian University]," and never had a doctoral degree conferred. Mitchell is also a member of the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association, both organizations rife with PhD frauds. We were amused upon finding a Youtube video of him, the title page reading, "Dr. William Mitchell, Comedy Stage Hypnosis: A show you can TRUST!" One wonders how a "man of the cloth" could also be a "man of fraud."





J. P. Barham aka James Barham aka Johnny Peyton - Springfield, VA - PhD FRAUD

J. P. Barham aka James P. Barham aka Johnny Peyton of Pyramid Hypnotherapy Center and Johnny Peyton Stage Hypnotist in Springfield, VA claims to hold a PhD in Philosophy with an emphasis in Hypnotherapy. Further, he claims to be the "HypnoDR." Followers of our blog know that there is no such degree available anywhere in the world. Further, he doesn't even claim to have earned a bachelor's or master's degree. He is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the American Board of Hypnotherapy (run by also PhD fraudsters Al Krasner and Tad James), and the British Association of Therapeutic Hypnotists.

The address listed for his practice at 6342 Demme Pl Springfield, VA 22150 shows a photo of a townhouse. Nothing more creepy than arriving for a hypnosis session which happens to be in somebody's basement or garage.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Legendary Comedy Stage Hypnotist" Terry Stokes Arrested At Post High School Prom Event

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Police say a hypnotist hired to provide alcohol-free entertainment at a post high school prom event in Marshalltown was arrested for public intoxication.

The Marshalltown Police Department says 43-year-old Terry Woodward was taken into custody early Sunday. A message left for Woodward's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Woodward is accused of showing up drunk before a 3 a.m. after prom performance at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA. He was hired to perform for GMG High School.

Capt. Brian Batterson said people reported Woodward smelled like alcohol. He had no interaction with students before his arrest.

Woodward, whose stage name is Terry Stokes Jr., was hired through Entertainment Group, a talent agency based in Des Moines. The talent agency says he has been fired.

See the original story at http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/marshalltown-police-hypnotist-accused-of-public-intoxication/article_d0b33520-c553-11e3-9296-0019bb2963f4.html

A message from one of our haters, Adam S. Adams of Vancouver, BC Canada

We've posted accolades from many of our readers, but what about the messages from our haters? One such correspondence we received was from Adam S. Adams of Quantum Therapy, Ltd. located in Vancouver, BC Canada. In his writing, he goes on and on about how real doctors are responsible for the deaths of people and that those who boast their credentials with fake degrees aren't so bad if they "help" people. He also adamant about being "very good" at what he does in his practice. Yet, as of today's writing, his website is down and he appears to be out of business, with the exception of several LinkedIn profiles floating on the web. Here is what he had to say about PhD Scammers:
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I have watched your little crusade with some interest, not least because of your ongoing cowardice in remaining anonymous.

The strain of moralistic outrage in your campaign is somewhat distasteful for many reasons and I thought, since I do not have a ‘fake PhD’ that on behalf of some of the excellent and innovative healers you are attempting to destroy, that I might offer a few points for consideration –

-          There are undoubtedly poor and ill qualified hypnotists in the world, point me to a profession please that does not have the same concern. That rather begs the question why you have chosen this one profession for your little batman in your underpants routine.
-          It is entirely appropriate to suggest that people outline the nature of their qualifications. You might have been dramatically more effective had you done so without such a sneering condescending tone – NLP and hypnosis change lives, and some of the people you are ‘exposing’ from the cowards perch have done incredible work for legions of people over decades.
-          Since your own credentials are at best unknown, and perhaps non-existent, readers of your project may be entitled to ask whether you are little more than an angsty internet troll with self esteem issues, or someone with a legitimate personal grievance, and if so what it is
-          Where unethical practice is concerned, I would stand with anyone advocating best practice for the profession, not least for the avoidance of clumsy government or corporatization, but you have, by dint of your anonymity forfeited the right to claim standing – the grassy knoll may make for the appearance of proper scrutiny, but your intention as stated is ill at ease with the hidden assassins manner in which you pursue it

Lastly, 3 key points that nobody has made. Especially you.

-          It is the responsibility of anyone purchasing anything to do their due diligence. Competence in hypnotic arts and science is not yet globally at a level that I would prefer, but I am happy to stand on my skills and qualifications with anyone anywhere – and publicly. I encourage anyone who is buying to look at all alternatives – the witch hunt that you are leading is missing the key question – are these people any good at their stated job? A doctorate from an Ivy League university is no guarantee of competence at hypnosis, hypnotherapy or NLP. I would, your crusade notwithstanding, continue to buy from many of these supposedly shamed practitioners, and that because I am very good at what I do, and don’t dispute their competence. And I have standing and competence to do so, were it warranted.

-          Hypnosis is just talking. Had you any deeper understanding of the craft you would know that. Perhaps people have made errors, perhaps not, and not all ‘fakes’ have been acquired without endeavor.
But one thing I am certain of is the virtue of forgiveness –you are as an ‘advocate’, albeit a spineless anonyme, entitled to seek out grievance or evidence of malpractice. (I am sure you will find it, and the bright light of truth can only be a good thing if shone with good intention.) But you are like all vigilantes, a self-appointed court and executioner and that is not a good thing. In reality you offer no representation as to intent, competence, private representations made on a per client basis. Your frame is narrow, and mistakes mainstream credential for effectiveness as a healer. Hunter, Bandler, McKenna inter alia have saved lives - you ?

-          Lastly and this is an absolutely critical point. A leading cause of DEATH in the world, especially the west, is Iatrogenic death. You know of course, that this is DOCTOR caused deathAll of whom have presumably impeccable credentials by your elevated standards. And yet ,you are silent…
One or two perverts and numbskulls notwithstanding, to the best of my present knowledge, some hypnotists with degrees you find inappropriate have no such breach of the oath we all take – to first do no harm. THE PEOPLE YOU NAME HAVE KILLED NOBODY and may have helped many.

Where then is your outrage at the people with so called legitimate degrees who prescribe death daily ?

It seems to me, your low rent crusading instincts may have more appropriate targets - I know the people I help often feel betrayed by mainstream dogma and credentialed professionals, and in no profession anywhere is there are a perfect practitioner or human, including me.

Get your priorities straight, get informed and if you want to help, go where the real danger is

As you behave today, what next a name and shame for people who misrepresent themselves on dating sites, or in bars, on facebook, doctors with bad breath, or bad bedside manner, and more – and who appointed you anyway, NAMELESS ? you aren’t helping people, you are creating an impression that this profession is lacking, and that may be doing more damage than good. I urge you to identify yourself, the reasons for your actions and specifically why you aren’t going after death dealers instead of at worst misguided marketers.

Until then, just stay out of OUR business while we regulate it ourselves, albeit imperfectly.

Adam S. Adams  CPC CHt

Certified Master Life Coach, Certified Professional Coach, Certified NLP Coach, Mind/Body Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Instructor of Self-Hypnosis
Certified Specialist in Advanced Hypnotherapy for Cancer, Advanced Hypnotherapy for HIV/AIDS, Advanced Hypnotherapy for Immune Disorders, Advanced Regression Therapy

Certified Specialist in Hypnosis for PTSD,, Certified Specialist in Healing The Inner Child, Hypnosis for ADD- ADHD

Certified Specialist in Hypnosis and Sports Performance, Certified Specialist in Hypnosis and Pain Management

Certified EFT Advanced Practitioner

Certified Heart Resonance Therapist, Certified Reiki Master


Join my LinkedIn network  http://ca.linkedin.com/in/adamsadams

Dennis Brady - Ocala, Deland, Florida - Update

A while ago we wrote about Dennis Brady. See http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2013/01/denis-brady-ocala-deland-florida.html

We recently found a rip-off report entry for Brady. If only the victim would have done their research and read this blog first...Here's what they wrote (you can see the original post here http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/dr-dennis-brady-/leesburg-florida-34748/dr-dennis-brady-da-brady-fake-doctor-offering-fake-certification-in-hypnosis-and-ps-1121711)


I enrolled in "Doctor" Brady's courses in psychology 101 and basic hypnosis. I spent $1,500 for these "certifications" which were received from viewing DVDs and taking a 50 question "exam" that is an absolute joke as it is a take home exam and can be used to obtain the basic hypnosis certification, along with "practice" sessions which involve you watching "Doctor" Brady or his wife "hypnotize" someone else. It's a total scam as I found out when I tried to use my certificates to advance my career as a mental health counselor as was told by my employer that "Dr." Brady's company, of which he is CEO, "The National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards" is not a recognized licensing board by the State of Florida and they are not licensed by the State Department of Education to provide educational certifications in any of the fields that they profess to provide certifications. I asked "Dr." Brady about this and he bragged about his Ph. D in "clinical hypnotherapy" (which is a made up field that is not recognized by any state psychology licensing board) and I wanted to know where he got his "Ph. D" from and he would not tell me. He also would not give me a refund saying that his certificates for his courses are valid and that he can't be responsible if my employer doesn't recognize them.

Dennis Brady and his wife Tonya are nothing but a couple of scam artists who will take your money for nothing. They run a "diploma mill" type place and you truly do not get what you pay for. Do not fall victim to his lies about how he is a national criminal profiling expert who consults with the TV program CSI, or that he knows Dr. Phil McGraw and has appeared on his t.v. show. It's a bunch of crap and I am currently looking for a lawyer to try and sue Brady and his company to get my money back.

I've found other people questioning "Doc" Brady's educational qualifications: fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2013/01/denis-brady-ocala-deland-florida.html



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Of course, Brady responds and continues to refer to himself as "Dr.":


I am Dr. Brady and I have been retired close to two years now collecting my retirement and traveling. So number one is he is a liar as he could not have done ANY business with me or even talked to me as I am no longer actively working with The National Board. I have checked with The National Board and there is NO student by the name of Paul Graff or anything even close to it. For that matter there has also never been a PhD student in Leesburg Florida. The National Board does not even offer a PhD. Its all a hoax, all a lie, every word of it, someone is trying to hurt the impeccable name of a great 20 year old organization or myself, a Senior Citizen, by making slanderer/untrue comments on line. The National Board a non profit membership orgnization, provides quality continuing education/ certifcation to its over 10,000 members/students and has for more than 20 years in Central Florida and as such is NOT required to have any license from the State of Florida.This alone shows how ignorant this individual really is. Just as a point, I have never made any DVD hypnotizing anyone, nor has my wife. I have several higher education degrees, all from legally licensed, recognized, institutions of higher learning. These degrees have allowed me to recently teach Medical Students at a US Medical College.I have worked personaly for Dr. Phil and his show and for the CSI show years ago. I have copies of checks to show anyone who wants to see them. For a reference please ask David Chesson who is the sitting President of the Better Business in Leesburg, FL @ 352-326-0770 of whom The National Board has been a member in good standing for 18 years now, with NO complaints. Please provide ANY proof that ANY of it is true. Provide ANY documentation of ANY kind or take down this obvious attempt to smear a good man and his lifetime of good works. Dr. Brady

Thank you for your support!


Bill Hanshew - Rolla, Missouri - Fake Doctor of Religious & Biblical Studies - Minister of FRAUD

We received this letter from one of our readers, acknowledging that PhD scams aren't limited to just the hypnosis profession but in other areas as well -including ministry. Here's what this individual wrote regarding Bill Hanshew of Bill Hanshew Ministries:

Hello. I'm glad you have established your site on BlogSpot. 

Your site focuses primarily on fake hypnotherapy doctorates, but theological PhDs are pretty common as well. 

I'm writing to you about a guy named Bill Hanshew in Rolla, Missouri. His website claims he has a PhD from "Easter Theological Bible College", which turns up no results on Google except for his biography. He never hesitates to refer to himself as 'Dr. Bill' in correspondence or on his written materials. For a while, he published a column in a weekly Rolla newspaper. 

He founded a small non denominational church in Rolla, for which he asks for donations on his website. It seems he has now created his own 'university', and through his website you can send him money to "sponsor tuition" for students.

Strangest of all, his biography says he's currently working on a doctorate from some other no-name theological school (why would he need another one?) From what I can tell, he's either a sincere chump or a scammer.

Thanks,
NAME REDACTED

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An internet search of "Easter Theological Bible College" shows that Hanshew is their only student and graduate.  Further, it appears that he is working on another "doctorate" at a "university" that he and his wife direct, called the Life Christian University - Rolla Campus, which fails to exist. However, the Life Christian University website, where you can buy 1 course and get the 2nd one for half off, states that anybody can start their own campus. How legitimate does that sound? Hanshew might be able to scam his flock, but in the end, he can't scam God.



A letter from one of our readers

Dear whistle blower,
 
Thanks for your site, which a colleague of mine forwarded to me.
 
I just wanted to share my two cents with you regarding the opposite end of the equation - people who do have doctorates, but make an unduly big deal out of them. I feel this is also important for the public to know.
 
Very briefly about me so you know the context: I'm a chartered psychologist (not a PhD or doctor) and clinical hypnotist. I got a first and distinction in my BSc, did well on my post-grad work, been on TV several times demonstrating rapid therapy, written a couple of books and have a successful business now for over 10 years since becoming chartered. Getting a doctorate would be a very tedious but obtainable thing in terms of cognitive ability.
 
I was in the last year of post-graduate training in psychology in the UK before the system changed. In other words I did 3 years post-grad work and a disseration and extensive literature review. Nowadays, a trainee who does the same 3 year course and does a slightly longer disertation instead of doing both disertation and lit review gets auto awarded a doctorate (not a PhD) in psychology, so they can call themselves a doctor.
 
So here's the deal among us psychologists at least. If you are not working in research, even a genuine doctorate among clinical psychologists is a bit of a scam.
 
One psychologist who uses my consulting rooms while doing her post-grad work told me she is doing a subject for her doctorate which she is not actually interested in (but it is do-able, if tedious to do), that is being done for the sake of completing her doctorate, will not really add anything interesting or new to the field, is making her miserable and she can't wait to finish it..... but she will get to call herself a doctor. Why? because it has marketing value with the public.
 
In reality, let's do a like-for-like examination. In the year that she locked herself into a room to collect and process useless data for the sake of finishing something, she missed out on a year of becoming more experienced and proficient with actual clients (surely the more relevant and important thing?).
 
In other words, if she had done therapy instead for that year instead of her doctorate, at the end of the year she would have been a better practitioner. She is not any wiser clinically because of her doctorate.
 
To her credit, she admits the real value of a doctorate is in marketing, not in actual proficiency. But what really annoys me is others who belive in their own hype and think their achievement is in the same field as a medical doctor, which is let's face it, is the bandwagon people are trying to ride on by association. Not sure how locking yourself up in a room to talk about some very obscure niche areas makes you a better physician, but these people can't wait to add 'dr' to their credit card to impress store assistants or call themselves 'dr' at parties or every available opportunity.
 
A couple of people have suggested that I could do a post-grad top up part time to get a 'dr.' They don't say this because they think I need to improve my clinical skills. They do this because I would simply seem more credible to the unsuspecting public and raise my fee. Rather amusingly, I did hear in the past a husband of a wife I worked with say (despite my results), 'yes but he's not even a doctor!' What was really interesting was this guy, a banker, had a doctorate himself - in philosophy!
 
I have always rejected the idea of taking a year off to do a doctorate. Quite apart from the moral aspect of misleading people, I really need to like something to be engaged with it. Life is too short. I saw my colleague miserable for a year - and she is conscientious, diligent, hard working and methodical (and does not have children!) and even she hated it. I'm not going to miss out on my family for the sake of earning a bit more (I charge more than her anyway).
 
The public need to break out of the notion regarding non-medical and non-reserach doctorates = means better. Personally, most credentials leave me cold. I prefer to judge people by merit and results.
 
It is sad that Paul McKenna, an established multi-millionaire and accomplished clinician, felt the need to go to a non-accredited university so he can call himself a 'Dr' or add PhD after his name. Would it have added to his credibility? why bother, he's already making millions. That suggests a character weakness.
 
There is no excuse for Roy Hunter and the rest for their degree mill qualifications. That is actually misleading the public. By way of contrast an NLP trainer I know did a doctorate at American Pacific University in Hawaii in clinical hypnosis. Actually the course looked like a really good training in hypnosis (it's where Tad James got his PhD from), but the univesity wasn't accredited. To his credit, this trainer has never used the 'Dr' card ever or mentioned it for marketing.
 
I wish there were more like that. 
 
 
Keep up the great work,
Best wishes,
NAME REDACTED FOR PRIVACY REASONS

Carmen Harra - PhD FRAUD

We found two addresses for Carmen Harra, in New York, NY and Hollywood, FL. "Singing sensation" Harra claims to be an intuitive psychologist, certified relationship coach, and best-selling author. She also claims to have earned a PhD in Hypnosis and Alternative Healing from Albert University. First, our readers already know that there is no legitimate doctorate in hypnosis. Second, readers may remember the other fraudsters we busted who claimed to have earned a PhD from Albert University, aka a Diploma Mill. See http://www.degreeinfo.com/general-distance-learning-discussions/2323-new-phony-albert-university.html

If you want to pay $400/hr to talk to a person with a fake doctorate, then you are extremely gullible, stupid, or both.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Terry Lee Brussel - Encino, Burbank, Beverly Hills, CA - PhD FRAUD

Terry Lee Brussel of the Success Center, Inc. in Encino, Burbank, or Beverly Hills, California claims to hold a PhD in Clinical Hypnotherapy from Huntington Pacific University. Readers of our blog already know that this is a scam institution (See the earlier blog on Huntington Pacific located at http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2012/11/huntington-pacific-university-degree.html).

She writes that she attended the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. Brussel is also the founder of the Southern California Polyamory Meetup Group.




James P. Ryan - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - FAKE DOCTORATE

James P. Ryan of Radiant Wellness Hypnosis Institute, Ltd in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida claims to hold a PhD. It is very convenient for him to not indicate where it is from, or in what discipline. However, given his connection to Alpha University, one might assume that this might have been his inspiration. (See our earlier post about Alpha University at http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2012/12/alpha-university-degree-mill.html). According to his website, his classes are worth college credits at the Alpha University, which gave our team a good laugh.

Ryan is a proud member and instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists and the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association, two organization rife with PhD fraudsters.





Armin Moadab - Maryland Hypnotist Arrested for Dousing Man With Gasoline At The Pump

Armin Moadab

Source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/07/rockville-man-may-go-to-prison-after-allegedly-dousing-man-with-gasoline-at-the-pump-105161.html


Armin Moadab, a hypnotist from Maryland and who operates Potentials Unlimited in Gaithersburg was recently arrested. Moadab is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Read the story below:




Rockville man may go to prison after allegedly dousing man with gasoline at the pump


ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) – A 61-year-old Rockville man could go to prison after he reportedly doused a stranger in gasoline at a local gas station.
Gas station where the attack took place. (WJLA photo)
The alleged victim, Miguel Mendez, of Montgomery Village, was driving home from a church event with his wife and 7-year-old daughter. The young family pulled into the Gulf gas station along Rockville Pike, just north of Rockville Town Center, when Mendez noticed a blue Audi sedan blocking two gas pumps. Mendez says he politely asked the Audi's owner, Armin Moadab, to drive forward. But instead of moving his car, Moadab allegedly began cursing up a storm and then sprayed Mendez from head to toe with unleaded fuel.
“He just went off, I mean uncontrollably,” said Mendez, who is still in shock and suffered chemical burns from the attack. “He came towards me and pointed [the nozzle] straight into my face, and started shooting gasoline non-stop—full-blast—all over my body.”
A fuel-soaked Mendez grabbed his cell phone from the car and called 911. With his daughter crying, and his wife yelling, Mendez feared the attack could intensify before police arrived.
“The guy could have matches in his pocket, or he could have a lighter,” Mendez said. “And he could have just, as he was spraying gasoline—you’re already drenched in gas—it doesn’t take much.”
According to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court, Moadab told responding officers, “If I had a gun, I would have shot him [Mendez].” When police asked Moadab to repeat himself, the 5-foot-9-inch tall, 156-pound Rockville resident reiterated, "If I had a gun, I would shoot him [Mendez]."
On Wednesday, ABC 7 News visited Moadab’s Rockville home along the 14900 block of Rocking Spring Drive, but no one answered the front door. There was also no answer at the Gaithersburg medical office where he works as a certified master hypnotist and hypno-anaesthesia therapist.
On his private practice's website, Moadab claims to have nearly a decade of hypnotic therapy experience. He also maintains his therapeutic services may  help patients “relieve pain, stop smoking, end depression, pass exams, sleep well, lose weight and be happy."
"He [Moadab] must have anger issues. I mean, who has the malice to think about spraying someone with gasoline?" Mendez suggested. "It was really just a terrible event that I wouldn't wish upon anyone."
During police questioning, Moadab reportedly told detectives he sprayed Mendez because he feared for his life. Officers didn’t buy the hypnotist’s story, and charged him with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. If found guilty on all three felony counts, a judge could sentence the 61-year-old to 40 years in state prison.
“It should serve as a reminder that we should all be aware of your surroundings,” Mendez said. “You just never know who’s next to you or what are they going through … they can just come and harm people.”
Mendez added, “Over a gas pump, I just don’t understand.”


Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/07/rockville-man-may-go-to-prison-after-allegedly-dousing-man-with-gasoline-at-the-pump-105161.html#ixzz38Ffqo6V6 

Leslie McIntosh - Surrey, Vancouver BC Canada - FAKE DOCTORATE

An extremely disappointed former student of Leslie McIntosh's "Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts" notified us of her success at scamming numerous students who participate in her courses that she holds a doctorate. The Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts allegedly "has the reputation of being the preeminent Hypnosis training institution in Western Canada," at least in her own mind.  In truth, she holds a legitimate PhD in absolutely nothing. McIntosh also operates a hypnosis practice in Surrey, BC. Her website can be found at www.lesliemcintosh.com

According to her website, she is a member and trainer for: the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, and is a Board Certified Member and Instructor of the National Guild of Hypnotists -all organizations that are rife with individuals utilizing fake doctorates to boost their credentials.









Alan Eastman (Holder of a Fake Doctorate) of Alberta, Canada Responds

Noted doctorate scammer named Alan Eastman provided a sharply worded response to our blog about him (See http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2012/11/alan-eastman-alberta-ca-hypno-con-artist.html). Here's what he wrote:

  • As I said before and will continue to state all sources of false reports by you or any other libelous internet poster are being looked by my complete legal team, being reported to all the proper law enforcement authorities and and any cases of libel and slander will be prosecuted fully and immediately. 

  • Libel and slander are very serious crimes against individuals and companies and their ability to make a proper and decent living, as well as cyber bullying. 

Online cyber bullying and false posts and lies against individuals 
are crimes across all countries, states, and provinces. 

  • Grown ups should know better about the laws they break when making unsubstantiated claims against individuals and corporations. Anyone feeling mislead by these postings is also a victim of false criticism and lies. 

  • I contend all negative claims against my person are completely false and utter lies, thus rendering themselves completely slanderous and libellous, and sets the stage for a full onslaught of prosecution.

    Alan Eastman
  • May 13, 2014

Any and all future correspondence should be and must now be 
directed to my legal director.

Brian A. Adair
B.A. (HONS.) LL.B.
Barrister, Solicitor, Notary
#207, 4909 B - 48 Street
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada


Of course, we wish Mr. Eastman the best of luck as he threatens lawsuits. In order to be considered slander or libel, the information reported has to be false. Since we have the protected right to report on facts, and we are correct that there is no substance to his illegitimate "doctorate," we are certain that any attempt to sue will be laughed at by attorneys and judges who have earned legitimate doctorates.


Dale Emmert - Richardson, TX - FAKE DOCTORATE


Dale Emmert of hypnosistexas.com claims to hold a doctorate from Huntington Pacific University. Readers of our blog already know that this is a scam institution. See the earlier blog on Huntington Pacific located at http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.com/2012/11/huntington-pacific-university-degree.html

According to his website, it seems that Cal Banyan, the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners, American Board of Medical Hypnotherapy, and the National League of Medical Hypnotherapists (whatever organizations they are as their social media presence is extremely lacking) all support this fraudster.

Further, Emmert is in violation of Texas laws by claiming to have an degree from an unaccredited institution:

"'The Texas Penal Code (Section 32.52) prohibits the use of fraudulent or substandard degrees "in a written or oral advertisement or other promotion of a business; or with the intent to: obtain employment; obtain a license or certificate to practice a trade, profession, or occupation; obtain a promotion, a compensation or other benefit, or an increase in compensation or other benefit, in employment or in the practice of a trade, profession, or occupation; obtain admission to an educational program in this state; or gain a position in government with authority over another person, regardless of whether the actor receives compensation for the position." Violation of this law is a Class B misdemeanor.'"

Perhaps a good Texas samaritan will report this individual to the proper authorities for prosecution.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tampa FL Hypnotist Arrested for Posing as a Doctor

"Sandra Rovhana had all the makings of a doctor. She's well-spoken, intelligent and armed with framed certificates from various institutes. She even has a quiet, calming voice and a remarkable capacity to listen intently. But, she's not a doctor. She doesn't even have a degree."


Read the full story:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/odessa-woman-practicing-as-hypnotherapist-was-unlicensed-police-say/1089104

Monday, May 6, 2013

Former PhD Fraud Recants Fake Doctorate

Another victory was had today when we received this email from an individual who we exposed on this blog. This individual removed all references to their illegitimate doctorate on their website.  As such, we removed this same individual from our site. This is what he had to say (we have retracted his name and location information):


Gentlemen,

When I was first told by a friend that there was a site on the internet that was accusing me of using a fake doctorate, it took me several days to locate it. Once I found it, and quickly read through it, I assumed that it was from a source local to my area and that someone (an individual or small group) was very angry with me or perhaps was angry with someone closely associated with me. I saw no evidence at all that there was any way to respond directly to what seemed an un-resolvable personal attack. That was about a year ago, and, unfortunately, I did not look at your blog again until 4 days ago because I thought visiting it would only strengthen its position on the internet and draw it closer to my own internet materials. Please understand that I was fully convinced that nothing I could possibly do would ever halt the attack on my work and my character. I believed that the site (your blogspot with my picture) would remain online essentially in perpetuity, and that nobody was likely to be overseeing it other than to perhaps keep renewing it year after year. Therefore it seemed that my only possible reaction to was to do whatever I could to defend the degree, which I did for many months as you already know.

Back in 1993, I was looking for a way to get more knowledge and experience in my chosen field of hypnotherapy. At the time, I was already in possession of several proper, nationally recognized, hypnosis certifications, and was working in a professional office. When I heard about the AIH, the American Institute of Hypnotherapy and their DCH degree, I was intrigued. It sounded too good to be true, even though there was obviously a great deal of work involved. Ninety semester hours of study with the opportunity to do quite a bit of hands-on work, a chance to travel to locations where I could receive training from various prominent specialists, and the whole package was not excessively expensive.  I started with a phone call to the California State Department of Education. They assured me that the degree being offered by AIH was a real degree conferred by the State of California. It took me 4 years to complete the program, which was August of 1997. By that time AIH was under new ownership. It was clear to me that the new owners were primarily interested in promoting NLP, and they were not continuing to develop the DCH program. So things were changing pretty rapidly in a way that did not inspire my confidence. Looking back at the events of that time from a more recent perspective, it also seems clear that the serious financial problems, that were quickly sweeping the State of California toward an impending bankruptcy, were totally interrupting the process that might have taken AIH all the way to fully accredited status. I know they had been working toward that goal by steps. Had it been achieved, I believe it would have been a major breakthrough toward a more academic basis for the field of hypnotherapy in the US. I also believe that this must be achieved eventually if hypnotherapy is to reach its full potential.

My own position is simply that I highly value the education I got from AIH, but the degree itself is not that important. The WORK is what’s important to me. It’s precious. I’m certain that it’s more important than my existence in this world or yours. We all know that hypnotherapy is a legal practice throughout the United States, and a doctoral degree is not a requirement for such practice in any state. There is no question that a practitioner can get into serious legal trouble by claiming to be a medical doctor or a psychologist, or anything else, without the actual credentials. However a hypnotist can get in almost as much trouble if a client even mistakenly presumes that their practitioner is a member of one of these professions.  Every client I have seen, since restarting my practice in January of 2002, has signed a form that makes it clear that I am not an MD of any kind and I don’t have a PhD in anything. It states that hypnosis is an independent profession. While the DCH degree has apparently become problematic, I wouldn’t trade the education I obtained while pursuing it for anything. In fact, there is no accredited school in this country that offers the resources and material I was able to avail myself of during my four-year period of training and study.

This is a no-brainer. The degree is not important for me, but the work is priceless. Had I known a year ago that there was an intelligent way to respond to that blogspot with my picture on it, I would have immediately renounced all attachment to the degree. It grieves me that it took me all this time to find out (just 4 days ago) that I could do this. I fear that my reputation has been damaged. I wish I had never referred to the DCH degree in my materials, but that’s history now. I have removed all references to the degree on my website, and on all the other organization’s websites that I am affiliated with. There may be a couple of low-end sites that I have no control over, but the 2 that I could find have also been notified that I want references to me either altered or dropped completely. I have also reprinted my business cards and brochures, etc.