The Texas Attorney General's Office is suing two North Texas men who operate three online "home schools" the state alleges are diploma mills.
A state district judge in El Paso granted a temporary restraining order Thursday to close the Advent Harvest Academy schools run by Teri Tout-Dennis and Mike Martin of Tarrant County.
The AG's suit accuses the men of unlawfully marketing fake high school diplomas to people who paid $225 to enroll in their unacredited program and take a test.
Martin says his schools have operated since 2005 and "conform to all laws of the state of Texas."
The Internet-based high schools are Sunrise Private, Longhorn Private and Bluebonnet Private.
A temporary injunction hearing will be held Nov. 4.