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Breach of Trust, an investigation by Wendy Halloran of WHNT-Huntsville, Ala., revealed how counterfeit credentials have infiltrated all levels of the U.S. Army. For nearly a year, the investigative team followed soldiers, a high-ranking civilian and a defense contractor who bought fake degrees from diploma mills. Some turned them over for promotions with taxpayers footing the bill. The investigation found that the Director of Readiness for the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command submitted a fake degree in his application for a promotion, and revealed higher-ups knew about it but seemingly looked the other way despite specific policies regarding counterfeit credentials. The four-part series exposed how fake degrees carry the potential for blackmail and pose a threat to national security. It triggered an Army probe and now more than 200 soldiers face disciplinary action.
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