Ken Paxton

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

State of Texas Shuts Down Houston-area Diploma Mill

HOUSTON – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott resolved the State’s enforcement action against a purported “academy” that falsely claimed to be an accredited educational institution. The agreement, which was memorialized in a final agreed judgment issued by a Harris County state district court, requires the operators of Houston-based Lincoln Academy to permanently shut down the so-called academy and pay all costs associated with the shutdown.


Final judgment against Lincoln Academy and other defendants

Among its terms, the agreement requires the defendants to take the following actions:

  • Cease advertising;
  • Shut down the Lincoln Academy website, social media page, and affiliated websites;
  • Decline to accept new students; and
  • Wind down all operations.

Restitution process

The defendants’ court-restricted assets will provide more than $1.4 million in compensation to deceived customers. In the coming weeks, the Office of the Attorney General will review consumer complaints and other data to determine how it will administer the resources available for consumer restitution. Consumers with questions or who wish to file a complaint may call (800) 252-8011 (for callers within Texas) or (512) 463-2100 (for callers outside Texas). Complaint forms are also available online at

Alert to educational institutions

The Texas Attorney General’s Office urges all educational institutions – especially community colleges and universities – to be diligent in reviewing purported high school transcripts issued by entities that may be more interested in amassing profits than preparing students for higher education. Often these schools are only available online, lack nationally-recognized regional accreditation, and permit students to complete degrees in a matter of hours or days with minimal coursework. Community colleges and universities should be aware that students receiving purported high school diplomas and transcripts from these entities are possibly ineligible for Texas and federal financial aid.

List of defendants included in the judgment

  • Lincoln Academy
  • National Home School Accreditation of America
  • High School Diploma Online
  • Charles J. Lubbat
  • David C. Lubbat
  • Catherine Lubbat
  • Nancy Lubbat
  • Constandi Lubbat
  • Momentive Group, LLC
  • Nyloc Enterprises, LLC d/b/a National Home School Accreditation of America
  • Rylex, LLC d/b/a Brownstone Academy
  • The David Lubbat Special Trust
  • The Charles Lubbat Special Trust