Provider of Federally-Funded Tutoring Services to Underprivileged New York City Public School Students Agrees to Settle Civil Fraud Allegations
Innovative Educational Programs, LLC to Pay $1.185 Million to Resolve Claims Under the False Claims Act
(STL.News) Innovative Educational Programs, LLC (Innovative), an educational services provider, has agreed to pay the United States $1,185,000 to resolve civil allegations that it fraudulently billed the United States for tutoring services for underprivileged New York City students that it never actually provided.
Seth D. DuCharme, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Terry Harris, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, Eastern Regional Office (DOE-OIG), announced the settlement.
“This settlement should put providers of educational services on notice that this Office will aggressively protect federal programs meant to help disadvantaged students and will hold accountable those who exploit and manipulate such programs,” stated Acting United States Attorney DuCharme.
“The Office of Inspector General has a unique and special law enforcement mission – to protect public education funds for eligible students. Today’s settlement is a result of the hard work and effort of OIG special agents and staff,” stated DOE-OIG Special Agent-in-Charge Harris.