It has become clear in recent weeks that higher education is not immune to fraud. If you have been following the news about recent admissions scandals, you may find yourself wondering what other types of fraud impact institutions of higher learning. You are right that it's not all about admissions, and there are some other serious types of fraud that take place.
For instance, some executives -- a chairperson or a dean, for instance -- may want to give jobs to relatives and close friends. Not only could they hand out these jobs over more qualified applicants, but some of them even create fake jobs and phony positions just to get these people on the payroll.
While that could be a complex scheme, some are simple money-making schemes that tend to fly under the radar. For instance, professors can sometimes get free books to consider using them in their courses. They may use this system just to get books that they can flip online for quick sales.
In many cases, professors are paid to do research at the university. They may even get extra funds from the institution to carry out their work. Sometimes, they then take the products and inventions from these projects and sell them for personal gain. This defrauds the university of the money they put in to sponsor the work in the first place.
These are just three examples, but they help show how widespread fraud is and how many different forms that it takes. Since the ramifications of getting caught are serious, it is very important for those facing allegations to know what defense options they have.