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Maryland man accused of credentials fraud taught at UO

EUGENE, Ore. — A man charged with credentials fraud in Maryland falsely claimed to have a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

The Register-Guard reports the university paid William Hillar more than $33,000 between 2002 and last summer to teach seminars in Eugene in human trafficking and international drug trafficking.

Court records indicate Hillar attended the university from 1970 to 1973 but never earned a doctoral degree.

The 66-year-old Millersville, Md., man is charged in Baltimore with mail fraud and lying about military experience and academic credentials to teach and lecture. Hillar claimed to be a retired Army Special Services colonel. Prosecutors say he was a sailor in the Coast Guard.

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  1. A company located in Oregon known as Bioag ( is run by a credential fraudster who refers to himself as “Rev. Robert Faust PHD”.

    He claims both an “MS” and “PHD” from a correspondence diploma mill that was closed by California court order called Columbia Pacific University. Although CPU was allowed to operate for a short time, it was never accredited due to its failure to meet basic college academic standards. All legitimate college degrees come from accredited institutions.

    In many states, particularly in Oregon, this kind of misrepresentation about one’s credentials is considered illegal for the same reasons the gentleman from Maryland in the article was charged with fraud.