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Man Arrested Over Fake Tuition Waivers in California

August 15, 2022

Authorities arrested Don Azul last week for counterfeiting tuition waivers for families of veterans, duping University of California and California State University campuses out of half a million dollars in the process, state attorney general Rob Bonta announced, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Azul lied to more than 40 ineligible military families and charged them hundreds of dollars for counterfeited letters purporting to approve them for the program, the Times said. The scheme also fooled the universities, with the state losing $500,000.

“It is nothing short of despicable to prey on veterans’ family members and take advantage of their college dreams,” Bonta said.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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