Prisoner Accused Of Starting Fake University

A lifelong con man imprisoned in Wisconsin is accused of starting a fake university from prison.

The state Department of Justice charged 45-year-old Kenneth Shong with felony fraudulent writings in Winnebago County.

According to the complaint, Shong was at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution in 2006 when he encouraged another inmate to enroll in “Carlingford University,” saying it granted degrees.

The inmate later arranged for his mother to send a tuition payment to a post office box in Mobile, Ala. But the state said the inmate later learned the university was not legitimate and complained to the state in 2008.

No attorney is listed for Shong in online court records. He had an initial appearance scheduled Tuesday.

Shong has been convicted of bank fraud, theft and other financial crimes.