Once a fraudster, always a fraudster. For some people it’s a way of life. It’s the way they roll.

As with that subset of fraud we routinely cover on this blog – plagiarism – the danger in being a fraud is that you will eventually get caught because you keep doing it, and each time you do it you run the risk that someone’s going to figure out what you’re doing.

David Broxterman, ex-business professor at Polk State University, appears to be a case in point. Like Mathew Martoma, Broxterman allegedly stitched together official university materials and got his job at Polk based on them. He’s been teaching there for five years, snug as a rat in a rug. But then he went and (allegedly) defrauded someone else – a coin collector – who complained to the attorney general, who turned around and asked Polk to reexamine Broxterman’s papers.

Broxterman will possibly have to pay back his years of salary. He might also go to jail.

But the real problem here lies with Polk. Apparently Broxterman’s stitched together materials were laughably amateurish. Any idiot should have been able to detect the fraud.

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