A Republican candidate operating for the GOP nomination in a Florida legislative seat is beneath fireplace after college officers mentioned she lied about graduating from Miami College in Ohio and faked her diploma.
In line with FLA Information On-line, Melissa Howard, who desires a Sarasota-area state Home seat, claimed that she earned a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the Ohio college.
The information web site initially reported that Howard didn’t earn the diploma, however briefly retracted their story after Howard offered a photograph posing with a duplicate of her diploma.
Nevertheless, after additional investigation and affirmation with the college, FLA Information and Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune, reported Saturday that the diploma was faux.
Miami College normal counsel Robin Parker advised the retailers that whereas Howard attended the college, there is no such thing as a file of her incomes a level in 1994 or 1996, as she beforehand claimed.
The college additionally reportedly mentioned that they don’t supply a Bachelor of Science in Advertising.
The diploma within the photograph additionally reportedly shows signatures of college officers who wouldn’t have signed a diploma for a pupil graduating with a bachelor’s diploma in that yr.
Nationwide Scholar Clearinghouse, the nonprofit group that works with Miami College and initially acknowledged Howard didn’t earn her diploma, despatched FLA Information a certificates from the college stating that Howard didn’t earn a level.
Howard didn’t reply to a Political Dig request for touch upon this report.