Wal-Mart Heiress Returns Diploma

Walmart heiress Paige Laurie arrives at the Sony BMG Music Entertainment Grammy Party on February 13, 2005 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images) GETTY

Elizabeth Paige Laurie's name was on a sports arena when a former University of Southern California roommate alleged the Wal-Mart heiress paid her $20,000 to do her homework. Now it isn't even on a USC diploma.

Laurie, the granddaughter of Wal-Mart co-founder Bud Walton, has returned her degree, nearly a year after Elena Martinez told ABC's "20/20" that she had written term papers and done assignments for Laurie for 3 ½ years.

"Paige Laurie voluntarily has surrendered her degree and returned her diploma to the university. She is not a graduate of USC," the school said in a statement dated Sept. 30 but not widely disseminated until the school newspaper wrote about it late last week. "This concludes the university's review of the allegations concerning Ms. Laurie."
  • Sean Alfano

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