ICAEW expels 'fake degree' accountant
15 Oct 2009
A chartered accountant exposed for his role in a bogus education scam has been expelled by the ICAEW. Dr Jeffrey Wooller, the former chancellor of the fake Irish International University, the Irish University Business School and the International University Business School, faced three charges of bringing himself and the institute into disrepute. A disciplinary tribunal heard that Wooller had 'involved himself deliberately in the singularly shabby business of offering bogus degrees'. The tribunal found all the charges against Wooller proved and he was also fined £20,000 with £19,533 in legal costs. Tribunal chairman Timothy Harris said the case represented 'a most blatant breach of the bylaws'. The complaint against him was that he relied on his membership of the ICAEW to gain each position. The organisations each claimed to offer education equivalent to a British university when their qualifications were of 'little or no intrinsic value'. The claims were the subject of a BBC documentary. There are currently no criminal proceedings against Wooller and he has 28 days to appeal against the tribunal decision.