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U.S. v. Richard John Novak

 
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Novak, Richard John
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DOJ Criminal
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October 5, 2005
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U.S. v. Richard John Novak
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U.S. v. Randock et al., No. 05-180-LRS-3 (E.D. Wa. March 2005)
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Education
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Liberia
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2002; 2003; 2004; 2005
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Two embassy officials of Liberia, the Director of National Commission of Higher Education of Liberia, and the Director General of Higher Education of Liberia.
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From 2002 to 2005, Novak was employed by several "diploma mills" that issued fraudulent diplomas from falsely accredited universities. Novak made payments to Liberian diplomats and officials to induce them to issue certificates of accreditation for the fictitious universities and validate inquiries from the public regarding the universities. Overall, Novak conspired to make bribe payments to Liberian government officials in an amount in excess of $30,000, but less than $70,000.
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Anti-bribery (Domestic Concern), Conspiracy - Anti-Bribery
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Conspiracy - Wire Fraud
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Plea
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Novak was assessed a special assessment of $200 but waived any additional fine.

He was sentenced to 3 years probation for each count to run concurrently as well as 300 hours of community service.
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200
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0
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Based on Novak's cooperation in the prosecution of Dixie Ellen Randock and Steven Karl Randock, the masterminds of a global Internet scheme to sell fictitious degrees, the government recommended a downward departure from an offense level of 27 to an offense level of 10 with a term of 6 to 12 months with 3 years of supervised release.
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Agent of Domestic Concern, Domestic Concern, Employee of Domestic Concern
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Country Sales
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U.S.
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License/Permit
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2,345,326
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Wire/check
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Direct
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70,000
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United States
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United States
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No