How a fake engineer fooled Lakeland Electric...

..with forged education credentials and how this could have been easily avoided

When a turbine engineer, John Bretz, at Lakeland Electric company was due for a promotion after 6 years at the company, something bizarre happened. The company realized that Mr. Bretz had faked credentials including submitting fake transcripts when he joined the company years ago.

He was a supervisor for six years before anyone noticed something was up. Imagine a rogue engineer and without qualifications at a supervisory position, responsible for electric supply to the city! A single error due to lack of qualifications for a technically proficient job would have put the entire population at risk.

In 2012, when the company conducted background checks, they did not find anything untoward because he was very good at what he did - at defrauding. Lakeland Electric received college transcripts (that were falsified) and registrar documents (that were also falsified). By 2018 however, when the engineer was due for promotion, the company had started using a third-party vendor to do background checks, and at that point in time Lakeland Electric found out that the “original” documents supplied in 2012 were actually forged

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Why do these things happen?

With technology improving rapidly and becoming seamlessly available to both institutions and fraudsters alike, it has become very easy to create forged documents using almost the same technology that is applied for the original documents.

Universities are thus plagued with problems of fake degrees and certificates with no easy answers. The entire system of verification of documents is complex. The usual methods for verification of educational credentials like clearinghouses, third-party verification services or a direct approach have become both expensive and time-consuming.

While some universities attempt to include physical security features like holograms, RFID tags, etc these fall short for reasons like ease of verification, non-applicability for electronic versions and a short shelf-life, apart from cost.

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