Varaždin ”Professor” Works for 26 Years Owing to Fake Diploma

Lauren Simmonds

Fancy becoming a professor and landing permanent employment in a school in Croatia? All you need is your own computer and a free half an hour or so.

Ever thought that you’d never get anywhere in Croatia in terms of landing a permanent, well paying job without a government connection? Are you unlucky enough not to be someone in the ruling party’s cousin’s friend?

If you thought your basic position as a normal person looking for normal work wouldn’t be good enough, then you thought wrong, if you though the honest way was the only way to go, that is. Why not procure a fake diploma? Or better yet, save on some cash and make it yourself!

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 26th of July, 2019, police officers of the Varaždin Police Administration, who visited a high school in Varaždin after having received a tip off, have completed a criminal investigation into a 55-year old professor upon suspicion of him having committed the criminal offense of counterfeiting. To be more specific, the police suspected the professor to have been working with a false diploma.

As suspected, after June 1992, the professor in question created a forged diploma from a certain faculty in Zagreb on his personal computer, from which it was apparent that the individual had graduated in engineering and was able to become a professor of engineering, a career he took up in the early nineties at the same school he had been working in until this strange information finally came to light.

The 55-year-old put this forged diploma, which was done on his own device, to use in order to gain employment within the field. He used the diploma in order to obtain work at the high school in Varaždin, where he was employed between 1993 and May 2019.

The economic situation in Croatia appears to only be as bad as you make it, at least in this case. Situations involving fake diplomas aren’t all that uncommon in Croatia, and it’s unlikely that this will be the last cause we hear about.

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