Michigan employers are taking a closer look at the educational background of their current and future workers to see if their degrees came from diploma mills.
Federal officials think there are up to 500 such mills, some with up to 15,000 customers nationwide. The Federal Trade Commission said they earn $100 million per year. Submitting a bogus diploma is illegal in only six states. Michigan isn't one of them.
Officials say loopholes may allow employees to claim false educational qualifications.
Some employers learn after the fact that their workers' qualifications are inflated.