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Court Reinstates False Claims Suit Against For-Profit College

October 20, 2016

A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that dismissed a False Claims Act lawsuit in which two former employees accused a for-profit college of falsifying grades to keep students eligible for federal financial aid. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit means that Heritage College, a for-profit chain that prepares health care workers, will have to defend itself in federal court against charges that it fraudulently induced the Education Department to give it funds by falsely promising to keep accurate student records when it was purposefully manipulating them.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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