False certifications by an educational institution to an accrediting agency, in order to become accredited and receive student funding from the Department of Education, can lead to Federal False Claims Act liability. Employees of for-profit colleges and universities should be especially alert to potentially fraudulent efforts to maintain accreditation and/or to obtain federal funding.
The U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) provides billions of dollars each year in funding to help students participating in higher education at public, private non-profit, and private for-profit schools.
In order to qualify to receive DOE funds, both the student and the school must satisfy certain eligibility criteria. Fraud occurs when government dollars have been fraudulently obtained in the education field, including:
Billions of dollars are spent each year in public education, and typical types of contract fraud occur. The field of education has also dealt with specialized types of fraud, including:
If you have knowledge of a company profiting from education fraud, the attorneys at Kenney & McCafferty can help you file a qui tam lawsuit and place you in a strong position to maximize your whistleblower reward. Contact our qui tam lawyers for a free consultation today.
Do you know of a possible case of education fraud? The attorneys at Kenney & McCafferty have the skills and experience to hold wrongdoers accountable for their fraudulent actions — and help you maximize your whistleblower reward.
To report education fraud, contact Kenney & McCafferty Law Firm at 800-533-1015 or email us.