Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Maricopa College District Settles Whistleblower Claim!



Reports from Phoenix that the Maricopa

County Community College District “has agreed to pay

more than $4 million to settle claims that it submitted

false information for education awards.” Justice

 Department officials said on Monday that the settlement

will ensure that money from the Corporation for

National and Community Service is given only to eligible

 individuals.” A whistleblower suit “alleged that the

college district lied about the number of service hours

students had to complete to be eligible for education

awards,” and that “the college district improperly

received grant funding to administer the project.”


        The Arizona Republic reports the district’s

governing board “approved the fine Nov. 25

and it was agreed to by the U.S. Department of Justice.”

The case “dates back to 2011, when the federal

government began investigating student work from 2007

 through 2010 with Project Ayuda, which was

administered at Paradise Valley Community College.”

The Republic notes that Christine Hunt, a district

employee, “had filed a whistleblower lawsuit over the

matter and she will receive $775,827 of the $4 million.”

The settlement did not determine liability. 

The really scary thing about it, is if you do a
search for Maricopa College and lawsuit they are
no stranger to the courtroom.

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