Tyronne Reid, Senior Staff Reporter
In addition to offering falsified Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) grades on doctored preliminary results slips, the criminals behind the illegal operation, unearthed last week by The Sunday Gleaner, are also selling fake university degrees.
In a sales pitch to a member of our news team, who, in an undercover operation, 'purchased' a grade one in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) mathematics exam, one of the crooks revealed that a fake degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI) would cost $320,000.
Hasn't mastered CAPE
He also made a pitch for a doctored associate degree from the UWI at the price of $220,000. During The Sunday Gleaner's probe, the swindler revealed that he and his cronies have not "yet" mastered the falsifying of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) documents.
However, a fabricated certificate from HEART Trust - Jamaica's national training agency - would cost $22,000.
"Is someone inside UWI do the degree for me. Legit thing," claimed the man who is a part of a syndicate that profits from selling falsified academic documents.
He also encouraged our reporter to keep the deal on the down low. "When you do stuff like this, though, nuh tell nobody at your workplace because when you step up dem ago bad mind you, so be careful," he said.
He added: "A real talk. Just play it smart. The least (number of people) you tell a di better for you."
Despite his urgings to keep the deal quiet, the con man could not help but try to get more clients to buy into his three-card trick. "You have to be selective with who you tell. Even if you tell someone you know of someone that sell CXC (grades) you don't have to tell dem you do it before," he said.