Germany Probes 100 Profs Over PhD Bribes

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2009 6:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – About a hundred professors across Germany are under investigation for allegedly accepting bribes for doctoral degrees, the Local reports. Prosecutors say professors may have taken bribes as high as $28,000 through an intermediary firm to give PhDs to undeserving students. "It involves teaching professors from all subjects, from medicine through law and economics to engineering,” a prosecutors' spokesman says.

The investigation was prompted by the case of a Hannover University law professor found guilty last year of handing out 61 undeserved PhDs. He accepted bribes from the same intermediary, the AP notes.