US: Tutoring Service for NYC Kids Cheated for Cash

Judy Hartnett's picture
Thursday, May 3, 2012

The federal government says a company that tutored struggling New York City students was caught cheating as it tried to score tens of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Federal prosecutors and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General filed a civil fraud lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against The Princeton Review Inc. and one of its former employees.

"The Princeton Review and its employees were supposed to tutor needy students, not cheat a federal program," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a release.

It alleged that the company's employees regularly submitted false claims for reimbursement when it tutored underprivileged students attending underperforming city schools from 2002 to 2010. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for tens of millions of dollars that it alleges the company received from 2006 to 2010. Princeton Review stopped its school tutoring program in 2010.

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