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Education & Financial Aid Fraud

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto represents qui tam whistleblowers who file claims of education and financial aid fraud under the False Claims Act.

The reach of the False Claims Act extends to all federal educational grants, including the federal student loan program. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto’s whistleblower attorneys are experienced qui tam attorneys. They have successfully litigated cases in which for-profit colleges and universities violated the rules of the student loan programs improperly recruiting students to generate income.

In one such case, whistleblower Ronald D. Irwin filed a qui tam action against Grand Canyon University for giving fraudulent incentives to college recruiters to enroll new students. The case, Ronald D. Irwin v. Significant Education, Inc., et al., resulted in a $5.2 million recovery for the United States. Mr. Irwin was awarded 27% of the settlement amount for his role in recovering these funds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Those living outside the U.S. can obtain an education fraud attorney.

Many whistleblower attorneys work for a “contingency” fee. If the whistleblower loses his or her case, they do not owe the attorney any money. If the whistleblower wins the case, they will generally owe the attorney 33-40% of the money earned.

Individuals who provide the government with information of education or Financial Aid fraud can qualify as whistleblowers.

Education fraud whistleblowers can file their cases under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. In a qui tam action, a private party known as a relator brings an action on the government’s behalf against a person or company who is believed to have violated the law. The government can then choose whether or not to intervene in the case. Whistleblowers can obtain a reward of between 15-30% of the sanctions collected, plus legal fees and costs.

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