Florida House Candidate Accused of Faking College Degree

A candidate for the Florida Legislature is being accused of lying about graduating from college and then producing a fake diploma after a website questioned her about it. 

Miami University in Ohio told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that Florida House candidate Melissa Howard attended the school but never graduated. 

The school also says the diploma she produced doesn't match those issued in 1994 or 1996, the years she has claimed she graduated, or any year. 

Howard's campaign consultant, Anthony Pedicini says her husband had a "cardiac event" and that she is "focused on her family, not fake news." 

Her campaign's Facebook page appears to have been removed.  

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