The federal False Claims Act broadly prohibits anyone who does business with the federal government from engaging in fraudulent behavior. Accordingly, there are innumerable circumstances where such fraud may occur, and in which a Whistleblower may bring an action to expose the fraud and recover appropriate damages. An example of such fraud includes:
Every year the Department of Education makes billions of dollars of loans available to students to help them pay for higher education at public, private non-profit, and private for-profit (also known as proprietary) schools. In order to qualify for these funds however, both students and schools must satisfy certain eligibility requirements. Cases of student loan fraud often involve institutions of higher learning making false statements to the Department of Education in order to meet these requirements.
Common fraudulent schemes employed by schools to enable otherwise ineligible students to qualify for federal student loans:
Educational institutions may also commit fraud by failing to abide by certain Department of Education regulations for which compliance is required in order to qualify and maintain eligibility for receipt of federal student loan funds. Examples of such fraud include:
An Albuquerque Public Schools administrator is suing the district and the head of the state Public Education Department, claiming that Albuquerque Superintendent Luis Valentino placed him on administrative leave for reporting a corrupt contract. Don Moya, the Albuquerque school district’s chief financial officer, alleges in a whistleblower complaint filed Monday in state District Court Read More »...