OIG Investigative Reports, Puerto Rico Department of Education Pays U.S. Over $19 Million to Settle False Claims Involving Migrant Education Program Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report Department of Justice FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008 WWW.USDOJ.GOV CIV (202) 514-2007 TDD (202) 514-1888 Puerto Rico Department of Education Pays U.S. Over $19 Million to Settle False Claims Involving Migrant Education Program WASHINGTON - The Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) has paid over $19 million to settle allegations that the PRDE falsely certified its eligibility to receive federal funds under the Migrant Education Program, the Justice Department announced today. Under the Migrant Education Program, the U.S. Department of Education provides funds to states and territories to assist state education agencies in providing appropriate educational services that address the special needs of migrant children. The regulations governing the Migrant Education Program enumerate specific criteria for state education agencies to use in identifying migrant children. The states and territories are responsible for providing to the U.S. Education Department an accurate count of eligible migratory children residing within their jurisdictions. The federal government alleged that the PRDE falsely certified that it had eligible migratory children residing in Puerto Rico when it did not, and from 2001 to 2004 the PRDE received Migrant Education Program funds to which it was not entitled. In FY 2005 the PRDE ceased receiving Migrant Education Program funds, and in fiscal year 2006 the PRDE terminated its participation in the Migrant Education Program. The PRDE agreed that a prior offset of the settlement amount - $19,052,908.36 - from other federal program funds that the U.S. Department of Education owed to the PRDE satisfied its payment obligation pursuant to this agreement. This settlement resulted from a collaborative investigation by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for District of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, and the Justice Department's Civil Division. ### 08-119 Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 02/20/2008 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Puerto Rico Department of Education Pays U.S. Over $19 Million to Settle False Claims Involving Migrant Education Program. Washington, DC, February 15, 2008
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2008-02-15.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.