I really hope this question is a joke.
Yes, this is illegal, and a felony criminal fraud. What do you think happens to the person that now holds the title? They just get to shrug their shoulders and say "oh well, I guess I got out smarted?"
There are some very good criminal defense lawyers here on Avvo that are in your area. I suggest you build a realtionship with one as it sounds like you will need one sometime soon.
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