Educational Fraud Whistleblower Attorneys
Take a stand against education fraud. Contact us. We fight for justice
Student loans, grants and other forms of student aid help millions of adults obtain the financial support they need to finance their educational needs. That’s why educational fraud cases can be so frustrating and upsetting. Instead of the money going to the individuals who need financial support the most, such misappropriated funds end up in the hands of individuals or institutions that have clearly broken the law.
Our attorneys at Brewer & Pritchard, P.C. have successfully recovered funds taken from the government through education fraud schemes. That’s because we have years of experience dealing with many different types of whistleblower cases. In each case, we work closely with whistleblowers to expose various forms of fraud. As a result, we know what evidence to look for and how to build the strongest possible legal case.
What is educational fraud?
Education fraud often involves the misuse or theft of education funds. Educational cases can be extremely complex because they often involve highly orchestrated forms of fraud, sometimes initiated by educational institutions or employees who work at such facilities. Some of the most common types of educational fraud cases may involve:
- False certifications by an educational institution to an accrediting agency
- Accrediting agencies that accredit educational institutions that don’t meet requirements
- For-profit schools paying recruiters for enrolling students
- Encouraging students to falsify their academic credentials to obtain federal funding
- Enrolling ineligible students in order to falsely obtain educational funds
- Keeping students technically enrolled who no longer attend the institution due to poor grades or attendance
- Academic institutions falsifying graduation or student attendance data in order to unlawfully receive educational funding
- Academic institutions not returning student aid after a student withdraws from the college or university
Other types of fraud involving education may include financial aid kickbacks, asset misappropriation, skimming, bid rigging, grant misuse or abuse and even the use of “ghost students” to secure financial aid for students that do not even exist. Whatever type of fraud you suspect, make sure you take a stand. Make sure you talk with an experienced attorney.
What makes educational fraud cases so complicated?
The government does not have the resources to uncover every dishonest college program profiting from federal financial aid. To make matters worse, many educational institutions or individuals who are breaking the law often deny doing anything wrong.
Because of such deceptive actions, finding concrete evidence of educational fraud can often be very challenging. And without evidence, building a successful whistleblower case can be nearly impossible.
That’s why whistleblowers play an important role in uncovering wrongdoing. Without their actions, many education fraud schemes might go unnoticed, resulting in millions of dollars in educational aid being diverted to dishonest people instead of going toward students who legitimately need the money.
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Because of the seriousness of such crimes, the federal government offers a financial reward to people who report education fraud. The False Claims Act and qui tam law include provisions providing financial compensation to whistleblowers that expose education fraud. By law, these whistleblowers receive a portion of the money recovered by the government.
However, it’s important to note that in order to be financial compensated, the whistleblower must be the first to file a complaint. If more than one person comes forward and reports similar criminal activity, only the first whistleblower will be compensated under the first-to-file rule of the False Claims Act.
That’s why it’s important to contact us as soon as possible. We can help you explore all your legal options and develop a plan of action with you to put a stop to such illegal activity. We also realize that such cases are ultimately not about the money. They’re about holding institutions and individuals accountable for their actions. Do your part to eliminate corruption. Call (713) 903-2731 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a confidential appointment with one of our skilled, experienced attorneys.