In late July, State Police in New South Wales, Australia arrested the director of education agency, Quack Study, Jorge Armando Becerra Perea for alleged fraud against international students.
Police acted following complaints about the education agency from a group of students from Columbia and Peru about inconsistencies with their international student health insurance payments, and course enrollments to different educational institutions in Australia.
Mr Perea has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is on bail. He will next face court on 17 September.
Quack Study’s website is still live (as at 19 August). It claims that Quack Study holds accreditation from English UK, PIER, New Zealand Education, and Australia: Future Unlimited.
In Australia the law requires educational institutions to list their education agents on their website.
A Google search on “Quack Study” shows that, as at 19 August 2018, the agency remains in the list of education agents for several educational institutions:
- Australian Capital College
- Cambridge College International
- College of Sports and Fitness
- Elite Education Vocational
- Envirotech Education
- George Brown College
- Hibernia Institute
- Kent Institute Australia
- MIT Institute
- New Cambridge College, Sydney
- Orange International College
- Southern Cross Education Institute
- Strathfield College
- St George Institute of Studies
- Sydney Business & Travel Academy
- Sydney Metro College
- Via Education
Update: February 2019
On 19 February 2019, Jorge Armando Becerra Perea, pleaded guilty before the Local Court in Sydney to charges relating to fraud against international students.
Update: April 2019
In early April 2019 the Local Court in Sydney sentenced Jorge Armando Becerra Perea, to 18 months in jail. He was also ordered to reimburse victims a total of $100,000. The jail sentence was immediately replaced with an order that Perea performs 300 hours of community service.
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