A University, Veterans and $35 Million Fraud Allegation

April 26, 2016

Federal authorities last week charged a Pennsylvania man with creating a scheme that resulted in $35 million in fraudulent payments for the education of veterans, NJ.com reported. The man's company told veterans that they were being educated by faculty members at Caldwell University, a private institution in New Jersey, when the veterans were actually enrolled in ED4MIL, an unaccredited online and correspondence program. The complaint charges that a former associate dean, who left Caldwell to work for ED4MIL, helped get the university to sign on to a collaboration. And the federal charges say that another university employee signed off on the deal, knowing that the university's faculty members wouldn't be doing the teaching.

The university released this statement: "Caldwell University was made aware today of the charges against ED4MIL's former president and owner. More than five years ago, Caldwell began a contractual relationship with ED4MIL, a relationship Caldwell ended in 2013. Neither Caldwell University nor its current administration or staff is accused of wrongdoing."

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