Victory Forge Military Academy is the same as Southeastern Military Academy

In December 2009, Weierman decided to change the name for Victory Forge to Southeastern Military Academy. Nothing about the school has changed, except the name. Even their website is the same (save for a new URL).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Weierman has no PhD Either?

So we received a tip from a resident of Port St. Lucie who has followed Victory Forge rather closely for a number of years. He provided us with a very intriguing tid-bit: Alan Weierman is not really a PhD. In order to corroborate this information, we called all the universities in Florida and Ohio (States where Weierman has lived) and asked them if anyone by the name of Alan Weierman enrolled in a PhD program and graduated. Some universities have online searches where you can search for alums. A few universities needed written letters from us before they could respond - letters which we have sent out. The others had no knowledge of this man. We then thought that maybe Weierman attended a program in another state and so we decided to ask him directly. Here are the email excerpts (typos and all).

In a message dated 8/19/2008 11:23:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
received an email from a former resident of PSL stating that you really don't have a PhD. it is from a diploma mill, probably costing $699. maybe in you case, they gave you a discount due to to prove this resident of PSL wrong? if you prove the statement wrong, you will receive a positive post on the blog. writes:
I would certainly like the oportunity. How do you suggest I go about this.

In a message dated 8/22/2008 6:42:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
fax or email us a copy of your diploma. it is that simple. writes:
Fax Number please and real name if you don't mind.
Col. Weierman

We sent Weierman our fax number and did not hear from him so we sent him another email

In a message dated 8/27/2008 11:00:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
so it is fair to say that our source was right. you really don't have a Phd do you? it is from a diploma mill, isn't it? your silence speaks volumes. writes:
I need a real fax number and a real name please. The fax that you gave is not your fax number. as long as you want to play games I don't trust you. writes:
that is where i get all my faxes. you fax me your alleged diploma, i will confirm i received it. i will issue a statement on my blog confirming that you are a legit phd and that the information provided to us is incorrect and malicious. it appears that you are playing games. you send me what we need you get what you want.

fax #: 360-364-3233

We never heard anything from Weierman. Two universities responded to our written queries and Weierman never attended those schools. We have a few more universities remaining. It could be that he did receive his diploma from a diploma mill. Or maybe, like his Col title, the PhD title is something that he decided to confer upon himself.

P.S. We have received a lot of intriguing information from readers, residents, and other well-wishers. Some of them wanted the cash offered by one of our readers (which will be processed once their statements can be corroborated), the others provided this information gratis. More to come.


Renne said...

Did you think that maybe the job he does is equivalent to a job a phd would do and therefore the self conferred phd title? keep this coming.

Anonymous said...

these days you can get a phd online as well. do you know what his PhD is in? this should be very easy to prove or disprove. but so what if wierman lied and said he has a phd?

Anonymous said...

other than it being construed as consumer fraud.

(Just completing my comment from above)

Anonymous said...

I was told by Ohio University that Federal Law prohibits any university or college from releasing to anyone else any information on students or former students. How did you get theses schools to respond? And can you tell us which schools responded? Oh and do you have a release signed by Alan Weireman. If you do we can contact other schools to see if in fact he has a phd.

VF Parents said...

Many schools have an online alumni section. In order to register for these alumni websites, you have to be a former student. So if you type Weierman's name and it shows up blank, you can deduce he did not attend the program. Also, for background checks, you CAN get information that we have requested from the Universities. It is not against the law to confirm someone's diploma or degree. Employers do it all the time.

Anonymous said...

In my current position I handle 100's of employee verifications a year. I can tell you that Federal Law states that employers may indeed get enrollment verification and transcripts. However, you cannot get these by phone or online. You must fax a signed notarized release from the party. NO EXCEPTIONS. So if schools violated this law they could be held accountable for MILLIONS in damages. I would be very careful that Alan Weierman does not sue you and the schools that you have talked with. It IS a very serious offense. I reccomend that you be very careful.