U.S. Senator representing Montana John Walsh has been accused of plagiarizing when doing work toward an academic degree. Here is the coverage.
He is not alone. There have been, are and will be a lot more Walshes as long as the educational system keeps requiring research papers. Had it imagination, it could be assigning projects. Based on the results of the initiative, students would present a report, in some medium - print, digital, audio, video or on-their-feet.
Years ago when I was an adjunct professor, we educated students, both before and after the fact, about taking credit for someone else's work. Penalties were not harsh. It never dawned on us that the problem might be in the assumptions of what students needed to learn and how.
For example, I could have assigned students to interview 20 patrons of the public library, probing what was their interest in literature classics or the contemporary novel. They would record those interviews, analyze them and then share their findings through any medium.
The last time I taught at the university was 1988. Sad, things haven't changed much in pedagogy. Stealing others' work reflects a flaw in the educational system.