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Three expelled in university scam

The Local · 6 Feb 2011, 11:15

Published: 06 Feb 2011 11:15 GMT+01:00

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Mats Edvarsson, manager of the Gothenburg University student department said.

“It is serious in the sense that these are highly sought after classes. They have actually taken a place from someone else," he told the newspaper.

The expulsions were part of a wider investigation into the growing number of faked qualifications that have been reported to the police over the past three years.

This particular case came to light during the fall when VHS, (Verket för högskoleservice) Sweden's higher education authority, investigated suspicious application forms from several students for various continuing education programmes. The forms, from a high school for adults, were apparently badly filled in with easily identifiable faked signatures.

A pattern soon emerged and over 40 falsified documents were traced back to the same high school in Gothenburg, all of which had claimed they had attended the Åso Adult Gymnasium in Stockholm. On closer inspection it became clear that most of the students had never actually attended the school.

“The indications were, that the grades were falsified and we discovered that the school in question had not handed out the certifiactes. How they actually managed to get their papers is a matter for the police,” said Tuula Kuosmanen, manager for admissions at VHS, told


The rise in the number of cases of falsifying grades reported to the police over recent years seems to point to a growing problem. In 2010, 83 cases were reported, compared with 46 in 2009 and 19 the year before.

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Britt-Marie Johansson, principal at Åsö High School, denied any involvement on the part of the school itself.

”We have no idea what this is about. There have been falsified documents arising from the school in the past, but never to this extent. Most of the students involved in this case have not been at the school.”

Falsifying university entrance applications carries a maximum two-year prison sentence.

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Your comments about this article

12:35 February 6, 2011 by jawadsm
THier must be some attestation authurity which will verifies the documents before giving the admission in univeristy.
13:22 February 6, 2011 by dizzy09
I can´t believe the extent some people will go to attend a university.A university diploma is not a guarantee to success and beside if you know you don´t have the brains to be in a university why not attend some form of vocational training...A university education is not for everybody.
14:00 February 6, 2011 by Swedesmith
By their behaivor, I can see a career in politics.
14:12 February 6, 2011 by UScitizen
Maximum two years for falsifying university entrance applications,

Maximum two years for rape, and usually two years or less for murder.

If these people can count as high as two, they will certainly qualify for a law degree and do well on either side of the bench.
14:21 February 6, 2011 by Nilspet
I like the comment #4 above :)
17:50 February 6, 2011 by hilt_m
lol UScitizen you hit it in one or two in this case
19:21 February 6, 2011 by roaringchicken92
Pretty good, UScitizen.

Q: What do you call a person that graduates last in their class in medical school?

A: Doctor.

Always get a second opinion on everything.
05:53 February 7, 2011 by UScitizen
Thanks for the support guys. There are some brilliantly witty posters on here. I enjoy reading many of their comments. I just try to do my small part.
08:13 February 7, 2011 by warriorwithin

Please try to understand the evolution of swedish laws before u comment.

Up to the middle of the 19th century there was a law allowing for the imposition of the death penalty for falsifying weights or measures in Sweden. Thats how strict they were about malpractices. It shows that they would go to any curb cheap tactics by people and how much petty mischief by people annoys them. With such a backdrop, i must say 2 years for malpractics should be ok.

For charges against rape,murder and so on, they have evolved their own way. Its not right to compare the two.
09:10 February 7, 2011 by Kevin Harris
"For charges against rape,murder and so on, they have evolved their own way. Its not right to compare the two."

Yes it is!
11:25 February 7, 2011 by UScitizen

So, you're saying that the Swedish system of law was, and apparently still is, more concerned with petty mischief and cheap tactics that with punishing real criminals for serious crimes? Well it seems they are, but they dropped the ball on this one. The petty mischief of changing a few grades should have gotten these three 10 years in prison according to your logic.

In your own words, concerning the laws of the middle 19th century and the laws today: "Its not right to compare the two."
14:59 February 7, 2011 by Carl T
@USCitizen: The next time you spread untruths, you may want to stick to less easily exposed ones. Rape (of the normal degree) carries a sentence of *at least* two years. Have a look at BrB 6 kap 1 §: Rape 2-6 years, aggravated rape 4-10 years. There is, however, also the possibility for 0-4 years if the circumstances were somehow considered less severe.

The thing is, you don't need to make stuff up to show how bad the situation is. I don't fully understand why Swedish politicians are so unwilling to imprison rapists and other violent criminals, but the problem isn't just the law - the courts usually are more lenient than the law would seem to request, and on top of that few criminals serve their entire sentence.
18:39 February 11, 2011 by Archie1954
I don't know about the students in medicine and dentistry as I wouldn't want to think that I was under the knife with a doctor who falsified his abilities. However considering the Julian Assange case, I think the law student who did so would make a perfect prosecutor.
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