Many Americans serve their country in the armed forces, with the understanding that they will receive funding to put toward an education once they complete their term of service. There are a number of educational programs that are marketed to veterans, many of which provide a solid education at a reduced cost. Currently, a Pennsylvania man is facing federal fraud charges after authorities claim that he sold improperly branded academic services to former military members.
Few details have been released in the matter, but it appears that the man had a connection with Caldwell University, which is a private school in the Northeast. Faculty and staff from Caldwell are believed to have signed off on a deal with the man, under which students would participate in online coursework in the pursuit of a college education. It is unclear whether the deal included support from Caldwell faculty.
Authorities believe that the Pennsylvania man marketed an unaccredited online correspondence course as an online school linked to Caldwell University. Students who signed on for classes may have been led to believe that they would be receiving instruction from professors at Caldwell. It is estimated that more than $35 million was paid for courses taken by veterans at the online institution.
As this case continues, additional information may become available. It appears that the Pennsylvania man behind the online school did have a professional relationship with Caldwell University at some point in time. That link, along with any planned collaboration between the schools, may have led to a degree of confusion on the part of many of the veterans who sought higher education through the online entity. If that is the case, the federal fraud charges that the school’s owner faces could be dropped.
Source: insidehighered.com, “A University, Veterans and $35 Million Fraud Allegation“, April 26, 2016