Saturday, February 6, 2016

Jim Wand - FAKE Doctorate and Cocaine Buyer

We've been wanting to expose this crook for years. We wondered how many thousands of people, including colleges and gullible students, he bilked of a tremendous amount of money from believing that he has legitimate credentials. Finally, with the help and research of a blog fan, we were able to nail him. Our informant said the following, and we couldn't agree more, "I am writing this to you since Jim has wronged many people in many different ways, and he is making a GRAND living all the way..."

Jim Wand, stage hypnotist and proprietor of Wand Enterprises where he attempts to book himself as well as other hypnotists (such as Rich Alexander, Rick Allen, Capt. Andy, Mickey Angel, Terrance B., Richard Barker, Melissa Barnes, Don Barnhart, Robert Berry, Rick Bultez, Michael DeSchalit, Kim Bromley, Matt Davis, Jay Brian, Richard E. Darshwood, Joanna Cameron, Patti Freeman, Barbara Gambrill, David Fontenot, Chuck King, Brian Madrid, Michael Mayo, William Mitchell, Pete Mamos, John Moyer, Nadeen Manuel, Nate McVicker, Michael Night, Freddie Justice, Brent Husmann, William Horton, Kevin Lepine, Pat Boulanger, Brad Clark, Brian Eslick, Shawn Fetters, Tracy Gray, John Greene, HypnoClyde, InTranced Hyposis, Brenda Kaye, Chaz King, Chris Mabrey, Steve Marino, Mark Maverick, Michael Mezmer, Jeff Michaels, Jay Noblezada, Kerry Sharp, Al Snyder, Tony Z., Jerry Valley, Tommy Vee, Cory Osborn, Tom Roth, Kenda Summers, Derrick Watkins, The Incredible Boris, Mike Winters, David R. Wright, Dr. Z., Jon Wayes, Doug Thompson, Brian Schwartz, Steve Atwood, Laura Amoroso, Michael Anthony, Martin Baratz, Andrew Becker, Richard Cole, Gary Conrad, Joe DeVito, Michael Djavahery, Michael Doubet, Brock Edwards, Kreskin, Bob Faith, Alan Ferland, Travis Fox, Don Friedman, Jimmy G, John Greene Sr., Jeff Harpring, Cody Horton, Robert Ian, Mark Irish, C. J. JohnsonBarry Jones, Jim Kellner, Jim Kenaga, Paul Knight, Dan Ladd, Don Mannarino, Scott McFall, Doug McGraw, Jerry McLane, Christine Michele, Chuck Milligan, Jason Mystic, Mary Elizabeth Raines, Valerie J. Reeves, Susan Rosen, David Rowe, Paul Royter, Richard Rumble, Dan Sanders, Harrison Smith, Jim Spinnato, Greg Steele, Ron Stubbs, Zac Tenneboe, Leroy Williams, Kevin Wolfe, and Rusty Z) at colleges and universities, claims to have earned a PhD in Psychology from the University of Southern California.

In an interview written at Henderson State University, James Henry Wand stated, " I got my Bachelors in Psychology at Iowa, my Masters at Wisconsin and my Doctorate at USC." (See

And here's another article...(See

Yet, somebody somewhere will say, "Hey! Those reporters are fibbing!" For those of you who think this, here are the words straight from Jim Wand's lying mouth:

However, upon contacting the registrar's office at the University of Southern California, Dr. (a legitimate doctorate, by the way) James Feigert, Assistant Registrar, confirms that James Henry Wand has NEVER attended USC. Does he even have a bachelor's or master's degree? That is worthy of further investigation.

Wait! There's more! It looks like Jim Wand has a taste for cocaine. We've always wondered why he wears those stupid looking sunglasses. Now we know they're there to hide his dilated pupils. Let's take a look at Jim Wand's criminal history...

According to the Open Jurist (See, James Wand was implicated in a cocaine distribution operation where he was the purchaser. The court brief reads, "The evidence against Pregler included involvement in drug transactions from 1985 to 1988, including sales to a government undercover agent. Before the sentencing, Pregler's attorney stated that his objections to the presentence report had been resolved but he questioned applying the Guidelines to conduct occurring prior to the effective date of the Guidelines. The conduct occurring after the Guidelines concerned the sale of cocaine to James Wand, a professional stage hypnotist, who was a cooperating government witness...Pregler argues that Wand persuaded him, through Wand's skills as a hypnotist, to sell Wand some cocaine in 1988, thereby allowing the Guidelines to apply to his sentence. Pregler's due process rights were not violated by using Wand as a government informant. Wand was a friend of Pregler's and Pregler testified at his sentencing that once he was presented with an opportunity to sell cocaine, he went along with it. He did not raise an entrapment defense or allege that Wand influenced him unduly to sell cocaine."

Jim Wand is a revered guest of Hypnothoughts Live, an organization run by Scott Sandland and Richard Clark that is chock full of likeminded "hypnotists" with questionable credentials and fake doctorates. In June 2016, Coke-Head Jim Wand will be teaching hypnosis in his home state of Iowa at the "Power House Summit" with Sean Michael Andrews and Richard Barker (See our blog on this scheister at It would be interesting to see if the three of them will be sharing lines of powder or if Wand will be keeping it all to himself. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Richard Barker - Hypnosis Con Artist

While the goal of this site is primarily to expose those individuals fraudulently claiming to have fake doctorates, we sometimes like to expose individuals who are blatant frauds.

Richard Barker, a hypnotist who appeared on several television shows is one such individual. He recently self-published a book on (which goes to show that any monkey can self-publish) entitled "Selling Hypnotically." The "Incredible Hypnotist," as he coins himself, makes his money conning gullible aspiring hypnotists to take his "seminars" and doing hypnosis shows at fairs through his own agency, "National Entertainment Group." Instead of calling himself the "Incredible Hypnotist," we think he should call himself the "Despicable Hypnotist."

On the web page at where he promotes his book, "Selling Hypnotically," Richard Barker provided several testimonials "From All Around the World" from supposed people proclaiming how he has helped their business and marketing careers. Little do most people know, everything about these people and testimonials are fake -fake testimonials and fake photographs. Perhaps by the time you read this, maybe he will change things. However, the screenshots below will remain forever.

The first testimonial is by a man named "George James" who allegedly wrote, "Richard Barker knows his stuff. I joined his Incredible Business Master Class and my show bookings exploded. Thanks to his techniques and advice I finally understand marketing." See below:

However, our research found that this was no man named "George James." In fact, Richard Barker stole this photograph from a film producer named Christopher Riley. See below:

Then there is the lovely "Jessica Romano," who said "I have been with REMAX for 7 years now and I’ve never enjoyed so much success in my career. Getting the client to visualize and create the sale and use their imagination was an awesome practical tip I now use; this is an excellent read." See below:

However, this lady is not "Jessica Romano," the high-powered REMAX Real Estate agent that Richard Barker claims.  She is, in fact, Clementine Stowell -a Starbucks barista. See below:

Then there is "Evan Gordon" who supposedly said, "I sell cars for a living; I love outside sales and love the people interaction. I realized I was approaching sales wrong when I read this book and it made complete sense." What a great testimonial this would be, if Richard Barker hadn't just made this up. See below:

As to be expected from "The Incredible Hypnotist," Richard Barker though, the individual pictured is not "Evan Gordon," but rather Simon McKinney, a New Zealand-based comedian. Now THAT'S comical! See below:

And then finally, who Richard Barker uses the alias "Victor Sessions," who supposedly said, "Just get the book, don’t delay or sit on the fence. Persuasion combined with Suggestion and Hypnosis – you won’t go wrong." See below:

Well, you CAN go wrong, if you waste your money on Barker's book because because the person photographed is not somebody named "Victor Sessions," but rather Morgan Stanley's Chief US Equity strategist named Adam Parker. I wonder how the real person posed "Victor Sessions" would feel if he knew about this. See below:

So there you have it. Would you waste your money on a book, show, or seminar by this con artist? We hope that, after reading this, you will make the right choice and run as far away from this snake as you can.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Brick Saunderson - Fake Doctorate

Brick Saunderson of Crossroads Counseling Group in Parksville BC Canada claims to have earned the "Doctor of Ministry with High Distinction Honours from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana." Our research shows that Trinity Theological Seminary appears on the list of unaccredited institutions of higher education. Their website also states that they are not accredited yet stands behind the facade of a religious institution to assert their right to confer degrees. Therefore, Brick Saunderson does NOT hold a legitimate doctorate.

Brick Saunderson also states that he is a member of the following:

Registered Clinical Counselling-Hypnotherapist (Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists of Canada. which he founded)

Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist (ARCH Canada, also which he founded)

Certified Counselling-Hypnotherapist (International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association (IMDHA) Speciality)

Certified Hypnoanaesthesia & Pain Management Therapist (ARCH Canada, which he founded)

Certified Parts Mediation Therapist (ARCH Canada, which he founded)

Certified Time-Line Protocol Therapist (ARCH Canada, which he founded)

Certified Neuro Lingistic Programming Practitioner (AUNLP)

Certified Instructor in Clinical Counselling Hypnosis (ARCH Canada, which he founded)

Certified Instructor (IMDHA, IACT (International Association of Counselors and Therapists)

Certified Mastery Coach (SCM)

Certified G-Jo® Acupressurist Instructor/Practitioner

Member of the International Alliance of Professional Hypnotists (IAPH)

Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)

Member of the International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors (IAFMC)

Member of the Association Of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH Canada, which he founded)

Member of the Federation of Associations of Counseling Therapists of BC

Member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

Retired Professional Member of the IMDHA, IACT, NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists)

Joe VanHoozer - Fake Doctor

Joe VanHoozer of Washington, DC approached us in defense of Masud Ansari's illegitimate doctorate (See our Ansari blog at In his email to us, VanHoozer stated that his degrees are from the University of Maryland AND the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. Having done some research on VanHoozer, we found that he had earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland. No problems there.

But then he claims to have earned a doctorate at the American Institute of Hypnotherapy -the same known degree mill that Ansari claims to be a graduate of. VanHoozer also claims to "operate and manage the Institute for Ethical and Clinical Hypnosis, as a satellite office under the excellent tutelage of Dr. Masud Ansari of Washington, D. C., teaching various levels of states of consciousness recognition, use of traditional and Ericksonian hypnosis, and linguistic patterns specific to hypnotherapy for use in a myriad of applications. In this regard, Dr. VanHoozer approved and bestowed certificates of training for basic, advanced, and Certified Hypnotherapist."

So now we see the connection of why these "earners" of illegitimate doctorates attempt to protect each other.

How To Identify a Diploma Mill

Here is a worthwhile read on how to identify a diploma mill:

Terri Lee Cooper Update

We previously outed Terri Lee Cooper for falsely claiming to have earned a doctorate (see Recently Terri Lee Cooper threatened legal action if we do not remove her post. Fortunately for us, a lawsuit for slander or libel where the information provided by us is true, would never stand. Therefore, Ms. Cooper's blog post remains standing.

Sharon Livingston - Fake Doctorate

We initially found Sharon Livingston advertised on the website of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). She has a number of websites including, The Livingston Group, International Coach Certification Academy, and

Livingston claims to hold a Ph.D. in Humanistic Psychology from Kennedy Western University. Our initial research found that Kennedy Western University (also known as Warren National University) was an online, virtual diploma mill. A number of students sued the school in 2009 for misrepresentation (See and Warren National Students Sue and Claim Diploma Mill Scam)

A search of Proquest Dissertation databases shows no dissertations were submitted by either Kennedy Western University of Warren National University. 

We conclude that Sharon Livingston falsely claims the title "doctor."

Gisella Zukausky - Fake Doctorate

Gisella L. Zukausky of the Midwest Training Institute of Hypnotherapy in Fort Wayne, Indiana falsely claims to hold a doctorate in Clinical and Medical Hypnosis from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy in California, a well-known degree mill. She also claims to have ESP and, for only $260, will teach you how to tap into your extra-sensory abilities.

We were also intrigued by the "St. John's Institute" in Springfield, LA where she claims to have earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. She also claims to be a member of the school's faculty. Our research found there is no such institution. However, we found another "hypnotist" claiming to hold a "doctorate" in hypnotherapy from St. John's University in Springfield, Louisiana. Digging deeper, we found that St. John's University is unrecognized and unaccredited. See,_Louisiana)

A "degree" from this school made news when a police chief attempted to pass his degree off to an accredited university (See

So we conclude that Gisella L. Zukausky has no legitimate academic degrees whatsoever.

She is also a life member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) and the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA).

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Thank you for your contributions!

Our Fake PhD blog has received over 85,000 visitors, thanks to you! While we've been busy with other ventures lately and have slowed down our contributions to this page a bit, we aren't anywhere close to throwing in the towel. In a couple of weeks we'll be pushing ahead and outing more PhD scam artists.

We've received many submissions from concerned citizens asking for us to research and expose more of these scammers. Please know that we read every single one of your messages and will be getting to them soon. Diligent research takes time and we want to be sure that we are exposing those who rightly deserve to be outed. So check back soon!

Keep fighting the fight for truthful academic integrity.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Mary Lee LaBay of Bellevue, Washington WA had conned many, including the media, to believe she holds a doctorate in behavioral psychology. Her website states that she received this degree, as well as a masters, and a bachelors degree from the Open International University for Complementary Medicine.

Upon reading that name, the red flags started waving. Further investigation yielded that this is "the largest degree mill in the world" and is located in Sri Lanka.

According to the site, Degrees for Sale in Asia, located at

"This is the largest degree mill in the world. It was started by the late Dr. Anton Jayasuriya a former western trained Senior Consultant Rheumatologist, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka.

It started as Medicina Alternativa Institute in 1962. In the last decade, they have sold over a million ( read: Million ) PhD (Medicina Alternativa- MA ), MD ( MA ), DSc ( MA ) and a grocery list of other titles in Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Alternative Medicines ( MA ) .

They also have over FIVE ( 5 ) dozen Medical Associations representing all imaginable branches of alternative and complementary medicines. The also grant all kinds of knighthoods. Many of the graduates address themselves as PROFESSOR DR. SIR.

The late Anton Jayasuria used to run a month long courses in Acupuncture; since he also ran a large real estate and hotel property with his brother Professor Dr. Sir John Jayasuria to accommodate the large number of students arriving in Sri Lanka for their degree studies.

The university was operated from his large mansion at No. 28, IBC Road, Colombo 6. for almost four decades. In the early 2000, he bought another large mansion and called in FENG SHUI.

When Anton Jayasuria was in the Ministry of Health, while serving as the Director for Buildings, he self approve a 20 meter by 10 meter ( 200 square meter ) of building over a 300 square meter of land to house his Alternative Medical Training facility. This facility was at the tail end of the COLOMBO SOUTH GOVERNMENT GENERAL HOSPITAL, Kalubowila, Sri Lanka. It is from here that Anton Jayasuria convinced the world that he had treated over 4 million patients for free. ( A pure fictitious story ). It is here his foreign students come for a walk around and return home to claim that they have done an intensive clinical studies at a government medical facility ( COLOMBO SOUTH GOVERNMENT GENERAL HOSPITAL).

The government of Sri Lanka which was torn by internal war, kept its eyes shut to encourage medical tourism and Anton Jayasuria was paying his friends in the government service to keep them happy. Even the Director General of Inland Revenue was his patron at the "university hospital ".

Graduations are held annually as the WORLD CONGRESS OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES where hundreds of HIGHEST AWARDS and NOBEL PRIZE in Alternative Medicines are given to foreign recruitment houses with the highest number of graduates.

Anton Jayasuria had his own printing press called CHANDRAKANTHI PRESS ( INTERNATIONAL ) where his plagiarized books and degree documents are printed on demand.

Over the years thousands of "global institutes" had paid USD 1,000 for live long affiliation with OIUCM ( Medicina ALternative ) similar to
and this " affiliation status " helps the "global institutes" to facilitate the purchase of degrees for their students.

In the 1980s the OIUCM was claimed and stamped to be APPROVED BY THE UNITED NATIONS on its stationery and degree documents. With the internet coming on the scene, reference checks were made with the UN body and the Legal Affairs Unit of UN had warned them to drop the UN Approvals from their documents.

At one point in time, OIUCM was nominated as the finalist for Global Health Awards by Bill Gates Foundation where Anton Jayasuria and his former girlfriend was invited to have dinner with the Gates Sr. For that event Anton Jayasuria produces photographs of patients attending the Colombo South Government General Hospital (seeking mainstream medicare ) and falsely claimed that they were his patients coming for his free medical care facility. Luckly, that particular year the award went to a genuine institution in Bangladesh.

When Anton Jayasuria died due to heart attack on 06.04.2005, the Ministry of Health, tore down the 200 square feet " world's busiest acupuncture teaching hospital" when the death of Anton was announced.

OIUCM organised the 50th anniversary and continues to sell more degrees, state honours, global awards to individuals and direct selling organizations for a price.

Anton Jayasuria former home is now a museum and his latest home ( a few doors away ) at the time of his death is now a Memorial Hospital. Still thousand of PhD (MA), MD (MA) and DSc ( MA ) are the hottest selling fake degrees under the new management.

OIUCM has become more liberal since the death of Anton Jayasuria with innovating marketeers and direct selling entreprenuers marketing different kinds of products and programs under affiliation statues with the "university degree mill".

OIUCM has many recruitment agencies and degree4sales consultant all over the world with the largest being in South America, India and Malaysia. While Anton Jayasuria has gone to heaven for his good karma of personally treating over 4 million patients, his proteges are busy killing more patients with their fake degree for sale.

More worthless titles, ranks and knighthood by white skinned crooks and con brokers are dished out on a monthly basis ( ). Sadly, the greedy Son of Global Greed, Anton Jayasuria's crime and legacy lives on."

Mary Lee LaBay claims to be a member of Lake Washington Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the National Guild of Hypnotists Washington Chapter, the Washington Hypnosis Association, Mensa International, National Guild of Hypnotists, International Registry of Professional Hypnotherapists, Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, American Board of Hypnotherapy, Women’s Business Exchange, International Hypnosis Federation, International Hypnosis Association, National Council of Hypnotherapy, International Association for Research and Regression Therapy, Washington Professional Counselors Association, and Eastside Women in Business.

She has also successfully conned the following radio and television broadcasters that she has any kind of legitimate academic credential:

ABC KOMOTV – Northwest Afternoon – Seattle, WA
ABC News 10 TV – Sacramento & Company – CA – Higher Dimensions with Phyllis Pricer with Al Diaz of Attraction Radio Show with Julie Johnson – Los Angeles
Contact Talk Radio – Yours Truly with Nancy Tursi
Contact Talk Radio – with Cameron & Lucia
KKNW – 1150AM – Gary Mantz Show – Bellevue, WA
KKNW 1150AM – Dr. Pat Show – Bellevue, WA
KKNW 1150AM – Sage Radio – Bellevue, WA
Laura Lee Show
PC Talk Radio with Rich Levin
Psychic Acceess Talk Radio with Maureen Holleran Meg Show – Talk of the Town – Mytho or Logic with Tom Murasso
WBZT – 1230AM – Senior Lifestyles with Ron Kauffman
WCPZ – Sandusky, OH
WFIN 1330AM – Findlay, OH
WGN – Chicago
WRGA NewsTalk Radio 1470AM – Nelle Reagan – Rome, GA
WSBC 1240AM – Morning Break with Jon Cohn – Chicago
WSOU – New York
WTBG (CBS) 95.3FM The Globe – Washington, D.C.
WVNO 106.1FM – Tony & Shelley in the Morning – Mansfield, OH

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dick McHugh - NLP Guru with a FAKE PhD

Richard McHugh. Dick McHugh. Whatever you want to call him. This guy was brought to our attention recently. His neurolinguistic programming seminars, associated with a group called ComPAS Now, take him around the world from India to the United States. Numerous sources and students refer to him as a Jesuit priest and a PhD. We could care less whether he's really a Jesuit priest or not, as that is not the focus of our page. What did catch our attention was every source's inability to state where he received his PhD or in what area.

So we dug.

We searched one of the leading dissertation databases to find that he allegedly wrote a dissertation entitled, "Mind With a Heart." The first warning sign was the notice, "At the request of the author, this graduate work is not available to view or purchase." Most dissertation authors want their research to be available to all, especially other researchers. That is the premise of scholarly research. But McHugh is essentially hiding his. For what reason? We can only speculate that his graduate-level research was subpar and would not pass muster.

Let's examine the institution that this was written for. The Union Institute in Ohio. Have you ever heard of it? Neither have we. So we dug further.

In a recent scandal involving Michelle Bachmann, a former Republican candidate for the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, it was written about her husband that:

Mr. Bachmann holds himself out as a clinical psychologist, and describes himself as "Dr. Bachmann" based on an unaccredited "PhD" certificate in interdisciplinary studies that he received from Union Graduate Institute in Cincinnati. And Michelle brags about the money they get, and jobs they created, at that clinic that Marcus runs and they together own.

But Union Graduate Institute is a controversial institution; some call it a mail-order degree mill. It is not accredited by the American Psychiatric Association, and did not offer any degree in Clinical Psychology until after 2001, decades after Marcus graduated. (During that time it was renamed several times, and is now called "Union Institute and University.") In 2004, the US Department of Education censured Union Graduate's psychology program, and students were banned from getting federal loans until 2007, which resulted in the entire faculty being laid off.


Our hunch was correct. There is a reason why McHugh is so secretive about his qualifications. His "doctorate" is not legitimate.

Unfortunately, many people have been scammed by McHugh and tout that they trained with the great "DOCTOR" McHugh, including:

Imelda Buckley of Life Coaching in Ireland in Woordpark, Dublin
Ann Joseph of Workplace Catalysts
G.L. Sampoorna of Awareness Integration Expansion
Patricia Casner of Awesome Outcomes Hypnosis and NLP in Aberdeen, MD and Baltimore, Maryland
V. Ranganathan of India

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kudos from Milton Erickson's Daughter!

We received a very nice email from Betty Erickson, the daughter of the renowned Milton Erickson. She wrote:

What a tremendous service you do!

As the daughter of Milton H. Erickson, I get emails from people all the time about having me train them in hypnosis. Sometimes legitimate, sometimes I-lost-my-job-and-want-to-earn-money-with-hypnosis, but most of the time from people w/ Ph.D. and Master's who want the credibility of me -a Master's Level (earned degree, although I do have an honorary Ph.D. from Armenia because of my name).

I've been teaching daddy's work for 30+ years. Google me, and Daddy.

Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and I am Betty Alice Erickson --use both names.

Point of this email is to thank you. I will publicize your site. Also, can I hope you in any way?

Sincerely, Betty Alice Erickson.

Dear Ms. Erickson:

We are very grateful for your support and encouragement! Please spread the word about this blog everywhere and anywhere. We also encourage readers to let us know about the con-artists purporting to have earned PhDs -it seems that more pop up faster than we can keep track.

Again thank you for your support!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jedidiah D. Smith - Ellicott City & Frederick, MD and Kettering, OH - Fake Doctorate

Here's another hypnosis scam artist. Meet Jedidah D. Smith. He has the following addresses:

The Center for Holistic Wellness & Anti Aging
803 Oella Avenue
Ellicott City Maryland 21043
Phone: 410-480-8339

The Center for Holistic Wellness
8 East Second Street
Frederick MD 21701
Phone: 410-480-8339

The Center for Holistic Wellness
303 East Stroop RD
Kettering Ohio 45429
Phone: 937-470-7809

We would like to welcome Mr. Smith to the club of people who falsely claim to have earned a doctorate in order to make him seem more credible or competent. According to his website, he earned his PhD at the American Institute of Hypnotherapy in Irvine, CA. The American Institute of Hypnotherapy is a well-known degree mill. The "degrees" from this organization are not accredited anywhere in the world.

Buyer beware. In fact, buyer would be stupid to even trust this man.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

We saved a reader $100 with our report on "Dr." Kenneth Grossman!

Readers might remember our blog on this man fraudulently claiming to be a "Dr." (See

Today we received an email thanking us and, thanks to this site, they saved $100.

This is EXACTLY what we're here for. We would love to receive more emails from people who have benefitted from this site! Like the email posted above, your confidentiality is guaranteed.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Janet Starr Hull - PhD Fraud

Janet Star Hull of Melissa, Texas claims to be involved in alternative health and nutrition, yet proudly boasts a PhD that is not accredited anywhere in the world. Her resume states that she earned a PhD from Clayton College in Holistic Nutrition. 

Check out the disclaimer on her webpage. It reads, "Information within this site is not intended to replace legal, medical, or any other professional service. The information provided is not a replacement for professional advice or care. If you require nutritional, medical, or other expert services, please seek appropriate professional care. The author, contributors, publisher and their employees are not liable or held accountable for any damages arising from or in association with the application of any information contained in this Detoxification Program. Statements about the product efficacy have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration nor have the products been evaluated to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease." It's all there, just in case the SHTF.

Just like you, we never heard of Clayton College. So we did some investigation. We learned that Clayton College is.......drum roll please......a degree mill!

Clayton College was a "private, for-profit online school" that has been the target of criticism for its academic policies. Oregon, Michigan and Texas have put the school on watch lists for being unaccredited. GetEducated’s Diploma Mill Police service lists consumer cautions about the school in its accreditation report.

Sister school Chadwick University closed in 2008 after Alabama regulators revoked its business license.

In 2008, Alabama instituted a law requiring distance university accreditation. Clayton College had an application pending for accreditation through the Distance Education and Training Council. Schools with pending applications are allowed to continue operating under Alabama’s 2008 law. However, Clayton College has notified the state of Alabama that it will close rather than continue to seek distance learning accreditation.

The bottom line is, she would be better to hire for toxic spill cleanup than as a nutritionist or anything else (she claims to be an OSHA certified environmental hazardous waste emergency response specialist).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sean Stephenson - PhD Fraud

A reader alerted us to this blog on Sean Stephenson. We wanted to mention this guy a long time ago but he fell off of our radar. I think it's because one of our team felt sorry for the guy. However, another terrific blogger elsewhere did investigate and wrote about him. Without any further adieu, we direct you to read more at

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 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.


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

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!"

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."