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.

Quack Study
Study Quack’s claimed accreditations shown in a screenshot from their wesbite.

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:

  1. Australian Capital College
  2. Cambridge College International
  3. College of Sports and Fitness
  4. Elite Education Vocational
  5. Envirotech Education
  6. George Brown College
  7. Hibernia Institute
  8. Kent Institute Australia
  9. MIT Institute
  10. New Cambridge College, Sydney
  11. Nortwest
  12. Orange International College
  13. Southern Cross Education Institute
  14. Strathfield College
  15. St George Institute of Studies
  16. Sydney Business & Travel Academy
  17. Sydney Metro College
  18. 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.

Source: SBS


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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