Schools accused of selling thousands of fake nursing diplomas

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Three nursing schools in Florida have shut their doors after having allegedly turned out nurses who were not properly trained and received fraudulent diplomas.

Authorities say Palm Beach School of Nursing, Sacred Heart International Institute and Siena College sold over 7,600 unearned diplomas, charging about $15,000 apiece.

The scheme netted over $100 million total, according to federal prosecutors.

The case involves 25 defendants and includes both administrators from the three schools and students who received the fake diplomas.

Each defendant could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty, and more indictments could be coming.

All three schools have closed in the wake of the scandal.

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