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Inmate will stand trial for running fake university

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OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A state prisoner is scheduled to enter a plea February 10th to creating a fake university, and encouraging a fellow inmate to enroll and pay tuition.

Prosecutors labeled 45-year-old Kenneth Shong as a career con-man with 8 aliases.

He was ordered Thursday to stand trial on a felony fraud charge. Investigators said he was serving time in the state prison at Oshkosh in 2006 when he set up Carlingford University, and convinced a fellow inmate to enroll.

The inmate reportedly had his mother send a check for $1,700 in tuition to Carlingford’s campus in Mobile Alabama – which turned out to be a post office box set up by Shong.

Investigators also said a convicted sex offender from Green Bay had persuaded another inmate to enroll in the fake school – and the sex offender created his own post office box and got help from another Green Bay man to set up a Web site.

State corrections’ officials have not said whether the sex offender or his alleged helper would face charges. 

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