NHDP Calls on GOP State Senator Sam Cataldo to Come Clean on Phony "Master's Degree"

Cataldo Obtained So-Called Degree from LaSalle University (Louisiana), An Unaccredited "Diploma Mill" School Shut Down after FBI Investigation

Manchester, NH - Today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party called on Republican State Senator Sam Cataldo to come clean on his phony master's degree obtained from an unaccredited school that was shut down by federal authorities. 

According to the New York Post, Cataldo's alma mater was a well-known "diploma mill" that was shut down after a 1996 FBI investigation and led, "the school’s former president and several other officials wound up being sent to prison for fraud." 

"Republican State Senator Sam Cataldo needs to immediately come clean with Granite Staters about his phony master's degree from an unaccredited school that was shut down by federal authorities and the school's president was sentenced to federal prison for fraud," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley. "Senator Cataldo's misleading claim to hold a master's degree from an unaccredited 'diploma mill' school only raises further questions about his background and integrity with voters."


Senator Cataldo lists LaSalle University (Louisiana) in his official biography and has been introduced at candidate forums where it's presented among his other credentials. 

LaSalle University in Mandeville, Louisiana was a notorious “degree mill” correspondence school that was shut down by federal authorities after a 1996 FBI Investigation. Thomas James Kirk pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion and was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

Various public officials around the country have been caught padding their resumes with phony degrees from LaSalle University, including the Navy’s surgeon general, the president of Quincy University and the former police chief of Stockton, California.