What to Do If You're a Victim of School Fraud
School fraud is a crime that has recently become more prominent across America. Most individuals are not even aware of what this crime entails, and those who do are outraged that anyone would try to cheat or swindle a place of learning and education. While it seems unthinkable, the fact is that this type of crime is becoming more prevalent.
In one recent case in Denver, a school was accused of creating a dummy class to try and give the appearance that their enrollment numbers were higher than they actually were. In another case, a New York woman was accused of stealing money that was supposed to be used for an upcoming school event. In still another case, a Pennsylvania athletic equipment supplier was accused of bilking millions of dollars out of schools by billing them for work that was not done, inflating prices, and collecting duplicate payments.
Types of School Fraud
Falsifying Accreditation Status
One of the most common types of school fraud occurs when representatives lie about accreditation. Most students know they should only go to a school that has been properly vetted by a trusted education organization. However, some for-profit schools lie about their accreditation, tricking students into signing up. Those students then find that their degrees will not allow them to work in certain positions or go on to certain graduate schools. This type of fraud is dangerous. You can file a claim if you've been damaged by these sorts of lies.
Misleading Job Statistics
Students spend their hard-earned money on college in hopes of getting a good job. Colleges understand this, and because students put so much focus on job-seeking, some institutions will lie about their statistics. They may tell students that the average graduate makes $100,000, or report that 99 percent of graduates have found jobs a few months after leaving the school.
If such claims are false, the school has committed fraud. Students who rely on this information when signing up for classes can file a claim against the school. If you contact the school fraud attorneys at Zinda Law Group, we can help you recoup the damages you have lost.
Transfer of Credits
It is sometimes a good idea for students to start at a small college or online school before moving on to a four-year university. This can help students save money and determine if higher education is right for them. Online schools and other for-profit colleges understand this, and they make their money off of young people in this position.
In some cases, these schools will lie to prospective students about the possibility of transferring credits. Students then enroll in the school with hopes of transferring two years of credits to a larger university, only to discover later that their four-year college of choice will not accept any of their credits. Even if they get into a new college, they will have wasted time and money on those old courses.
Get Legal Help with School Fraud
Though these stories make us shake our heads in disbelief, they do highlight a growing problem in America: school fraud. Schools and colleges are not immune to crooks, thieves, and fraudulent schemes, and they have as much right as anyone to have their day in court and let the facts of the case be heard.
Zinda Law Group understands the many diverse elements of proving complex cases like school fraud. Our law firm has years of experience with similar cases, and we stand with victims to help them get justice.
If you or your organization has been victimized in this way, contact the school fraud attorneys of Zinda Law Group right away. Our school fraud lawyers have helped many victims with a wide range of personal injury law cases, and we can help you too. We offer a free case evaluation and work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win.