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Dept of Education (ED) Office of Inspector General (OIG) List of Investigations Closed during CY 2020

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2021-02-08.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

Description of document:                  Dept of Education (ED) Office of Inspector General (OIG)
                                          List of Investigations Closed during CY 2020

Requested date:                           26-December-2020

Release date:                             15-January-2021

Posted date:                              08-February-2021

Source of document:                       FOIA Request
                                          U.S. Department of Education
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                                          FOIA Service Center
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                                          ATTN: FOIA Public Liaison
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                        UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
                                        OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL




                                                                                                             January 15, 2021




RE: FOIA Request No. 21-00014-F-IG



This is in response to your December 26, 2020, Freedom oflnformation Act (FOIA) request to
the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office oflnspector General (OIG) for a list of all closed
OIG investigations for the 2020 calendar year.

We have identified and enclosed four (4) pages of documents responsive to your request.
Information has been redacted pursuant to Exemptions (b )(6) and (b )(7)(C) of FOIA to protect
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                                           Date: 2021.01 .15 14:42:40 -05 '00'
Antigone Potamianos
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cc: FOIA Service Center
                                                                       OIG Investigations                                                           Date:            01/11/2021
                                                                         Folders Report                                                             Time:            9:3205AM
                                                           Closed Date between 1/1/2020 and 12/31/2020




       Case Type                                                                              Date Investigation                      Investigative Case Type
                          Case No                Title             Case Workflow Status            Opened               Closed Date                                     Focus Areas

                                                                                                                                      Postsecondary Education
Investigation      09-000320        . . . .. ETAL Completed On Time                         03/10/2009             01/02/2020                                 Other
                                                                                                                                      Fraud
                                        DISTANCE EDUCATI ON
                                        FRAUD RING - N                                                                                Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation      10-041026                                Completed On Time               12/23/2009             09/01/2020
                                        DIST/MS                                                                                       Fraud                   Education)

                                        AMERICAN                                                                                      Postsecondary Education
Investigation      10-060779            COMMERCIAL                Completed On Time         08/26/2011             05/18/2020                                 Other
                                                                                                                                      Fraud
                                        COLLEGE
                                        TAKS TEST                                                                                     Elementary Secondary
Investigation      10-060801            IRREGULARITIES AT EL Completed On Time              05/04/2012             09/28/2020                                   Public Corruption
                                                                                                                                      Education Fraud
                                        PASO ISO
                                        VARNETT PUBLIC                                                                                Elementary Secondary
Investigation      11 -060903                                     Completed On Time         09/27/2011             09/22/2020                                 Charter School
                                        SCHOOL                                                                                        Education Fraud




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                                           Train College -                                                                            Postsecondary Education
Investigation      11 -041380                                     Completed On Time         10/12/2011             09/30/2020                                 Other
                                                                                                                                      Fraud
                                                                                                                                      Elementary Secondary
Investigation      12-060953                                      Completed On Time         01/10/2012             07/02/2020                                 Public Corruption
                                                                                                                                      Education Fraud
                                        NORTHERN ILLINOIS                                                                             Postsecondary Education
Investigation      12-051061                                      Completed On Time         12/05/2012             06/18/2020                                 Other
                                        UNIVERSITY ET. AL                                                                             Fraud
                                        TRIDENT TECHNICAL
                                        COLLEGE (SOUTH
                                                                                                                                      Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation      13-041587            CAROLINA)                 Completed On Time         01/20/2015             05/20/2020                                 Education)
                                                                                                                                      Fraud
                                        EDUCATION FRAUD
                                        RING
Investigation      13-091440        I-            FRAUD RING Completed On Time              12/20/2012             02/11/2020
                                                                                                                                      Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
                                                                                                                                      Fraud                   Education\
                                        DISTANCE EDUCATI ON
                                        FRAUD RING                                                                                    ED Employee               Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation      13-041603                                Completed On Time               01/23/2013             08/19/2020
                                        GREENWOOD MS                                                                                  Misconduct                Education)
                                                           ll
                                        RIO HONDO FRAUD                                                                               Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation      13-091474                                      Completed On Time         05/16/2013             07/02/2020
                                        RING                                                                                          Fraud                   Education\
                                        Puerto Rico Department
                                        of Education (San Juan
                                                                                                                                      Elementary Secondary
Investigation      13-041655            Educational Region)-   Completed On Time            08/22/2013             12/03/2020                                   Other
                                                                                                                                      Education Fraud
                                        School Transportation
                                        Fraud
                                                                                                                                      Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation      14-061125            BPCC - Fraud Ring         Completed On Time         07/30/2015             04/13/2020
                                                                                                                                      Fraud                   Education'\
                                                                                                                                      Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation      14-0611 34       ~                    College - Completed On Time        02/11/2014             05/19/2020
                                                                                                                                      Fraud                   Education)




                                    _.,
                                                                                                                                      Postsecondary Education
Investigation      14-051498                                      Completed On Time         04/02/2014             05/19/2020                                 Other
                                                                                                                                      Fraud
                                    -                    Fraud                                                                        Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation      14-091595                                      Completed On Time         02/12/2014             03/30/2020
                                                                                                                                      Fraud                   Education)

                                                                                                                                      ED Employee
Investigation      14-000627                                      Completed On Time         07/30/2014             05/19/2020                                   Other, Public Corruption
                                                                                                                                      Misconduct

Investination      14-080305                                      Comnleted On Time         12/09/2014             09/28/2020
                              1.;ommunny 1.;011ege or                                                  t-'ostseconaary c uucauon t-raua t<mg \UIstance
                              Denver Fraud Rina                                                        Fraud                     Education)




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                                                                                                       Elementary Secondary
Investigation   14-061201     Swink Public School       Completed On Time    07/30/2015   09/11/2020                             Public Corruption
                                                                                                       Education Fraud
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   15-061230                               Completed On Time    03/26/2015   03/18/2020
                                                                                                       Fraud                     Education)
                              Xerox Education
Investigation   15-000672                               Completed On Time    03/12/2015   10/07/2020   Contract Fraud- ED       Other
                              Services LLC
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education
Investigation   15-051670     College of Dupage, Et. Al Completed On Time    03/13/2015   05/21/2020                           Other
                                                                                                       Fraud
lnvestiaation   15-061273     Urban Leaaue PEAK         Completed On Time    08/12/2015   08/25/2020   Other ED Grant Fraud    21st Centurv
                              I I I ISES Provider                                                      Elementary Secondary
Investigation   15-091731                               Completed On Time    08/05/2015   01/27/2020                           SES
                                                                                                       Education Fraud
                              -               Fraud                                                    Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   15-051715                               Completed On Time    09/10/2015   12/01/2020
                                                                                                       Fraud                   Education)
                              lnfilaw / Charlotte School                                               Postsecondary Education
Investigation   15-041913                                Completed On Time   12/20/2016   08/03/2020                           Other
                              of Law                                                                   Fraud
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   15-080325     -          Fraud Ring     Completed On Time    11/10/2015   01/30/2020
                                                                                                       Fraud                   Education)
                              Stenotype Institute of                                                   Postsecondary Education
Investigation   15-041932                               Completed On Time    05/31/2016   09/17/2020                           Other
                              Jacksonville                                                             Fraud




                              --
                              Grant Goodland Public                                                    Elementary Secondary
Investigation   15-061296                               Completed On Time    01/15/2016   08/03/2020                           Public Corruption
                              School                                                                   Education Fraud
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education
Investigation   16-091793                               Completed On Time    12/15/2016   12/03/2020                           Other
                                                                                                       Fraud
                              College of DuPage Fraud                                                  Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   16-051805                             Completed On Time      07/13/2016   05/21/2020
                              Rinas                                                                    Fraud                   Education)
                              Families in Schools                                                      Elementary Secondary
Investigation   16-091803     Supplemental              Completed On Time    03/30/2016   06/03/2020                            SES
                              Educational Services                                                     Education Fraud
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education
Investigation   16-042049
                              1- - - -                  Completed On Time    08/12/2016   07/01/2020
                                                                                                       Fraud
                                                                                                                               Other
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education
Investigation   16-030671     Akron Fire Department     Completed On Time    05/11/2017   10/14/2020                           Other
                                                                                                       Fraud


                              ~
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education
Investigation   16-000747                               Completed On Time    11/21/2016   07/29/2020                           Other
                                                                                                       Fraud
                              -             (Columbus                                                  Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   17-051879                   nity      Completed On Time      03/22/2017   09/24/2020
                                                                                                       Fraud                   Education)
                              Colleael
                              UNAX TO ED AND IRS
Investigation   17-110449     SYSTEMS                   Completed On Time    03/10/2017   03/06/2020   Other Criminal-ED        Other
                              HAVERFORD COLLEGE
                              Oxford Preparatory
                                                                                                       Elementary Secondary
Investigation   I17WES91867   Academy Chino             Completed Late       06/22/2017   04/13/2020                            Charter School
                                                                                                       Education Fraud
                              California
                              Delaware State                                                           Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I17MAR30701                             Completed Late       07/24/2017   07/15/2020                           Public Corruption
                              Universitv                                                               Fraud




                              --
                              Hebrew Theological                                                       Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I17NCR30286                             Completed Late       09/27/2017   08/27/2020                           Other
                              Colleae                                                                  Fraud




                              --
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I18EAS30688                             Completed Late       10/24/2017   03/04/2020                           Other
                                                                                                       Fraud
                                                                                                       Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   I18MID51693                             Completed Late       11/13/2017   09/30/2020
                                                                                                       Fraud                   Education\
                              Delgado Community                                                        Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   I18SOU00876                             Completed Late       01/08/2018   02/18/2020
                              Colleae-Fraud Rina                                                       Fraud                   Education)
                              Florida Technical College                                                Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I16SOU42028                             Completed Late       02/01/2018   05/19/2020                           Other
                              (Qui Tam)                                                                Fraud
lnvestiaation   I16WES91817   Doctrina Tutorina         Completed Late       02/13/2018   06/08/2020                            SES
                              --
                                                                                                         Elementary Secondary
                                                                                                         Education Fraud
Investigation   I18TCD01795   (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)          Completed On Time   03/08/2018   02/26/2020   Other Criminal-ED       Other
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)                                                        Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I18EAS01380                                Completed Late      03/20/2018   05/18/2020                           Other
                                                                                                         Fraud
                              Georgia Prep Sports                                                        Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I17SOU42180                                Completed Late      05/10/2018   05/06/2020                           Other
                              Academy, Inc.                                                              Fraud
                              Trinity Valley Community                                                   Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I18SOU01749                            Completed Late          06/21/2018   11/30/2020                           Other
                              College                                                                    Fraud
                                                                                                         Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I15EAS30663   Cheyney University           Completed Late      10/01/2018   07/27/2020                           Other
                                                                                                         Fraud
                              Delaware Division of
Investigation   I17EAS30697
                              Vocational Rehabilitation Completed Late         12/10/2018   05/21/2020   Other ED Grant Fraud    Other

                              Puerto Rico Olympic
Investigation   I18SOU03996                                Completed Late      12/13/2018   05/18/2020   Other                   Other
                              Committee (COPUR)
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C) (Strayer) Completed Late                               Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   I17EAS00772                                                    01/22/2019   04/29/2020
                                                                                                         Fraud                   Education)
                              WHISTLEBLOWER
                              COMPLAINT - TEXAS
Investigation   I18SOU04379   EDUCATION AGENCY
                                                           Completed Late      01/24/2019   02/19/2020   Whistleblower           Other
                              (TEA)
                                                                                                         Elementary Secondary
Investigation   I18MID00118
                              1--
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)

                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)
                                                           Completed Late      02/07/2019   08/25/2020
                                                                                                         Education Fraud         Other

                                          - Hawaii
Investigation   I19WES00433
                              Department of Education Completed Late           03/13/2019   03/30/2020   Whistleblower           Other
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)
                                         (Medger
Investigation   I19TCD00639                                Completed Late      03/13/2019   02/13/2020   Other                   Other
                              Evers College)
                                                                                                         Postsecondary Education Fraud Ring (Distance
Investigation   I18SOU04512   (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)          Completed Late      03/27/2019   05/21/2020   Fraud                   Education)
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)                                                        Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I19SOU01030                                Completed Late      03/28/2019   07/16/2020                           Other
                                                                                                         Fraud
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)                                                        ED Employee
Investigation   I19EAS00009                                Completed Late      04/08/2019   12/07/2020                           Other
                              (Employee)                                                                 Misconduct
                                                                                                         Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I17EAS00795   University of Virginia       Completed Late      05/09/2019   09/29/2020                           Other
                                                                                                         Fraud
                              D.C. Tours and
Investigation   I19EAS01100                                Completed Late      05/09/2019   10/20/2020   Contract Fraud- ED      Other
                              Transportation
                              Whistleblower Complaint
Investigation   I19SOU00894   - Eastern Florida State Completed Late           05/10/2019   04/14/2020   Whistleblower           Other
                              College

Investigation   I18EAS00081
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)          Completed Late      05/14/2019   07/31/2020   ED Employee
                                                                                                                                 Other
                              (EMPLOYEE)                                                                 Misconduct
                              METRO BEAUTY                                                               Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I14EAS30634                                Completed Late      05/16/2019   08/19/2020                           Other
                              ACADEMY (QUI TAM)                                                          Fraud

Investigation   I19EAS01936   (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)          Completed Late      07/23/2019   06/29/2020   ED Employee
                                                                                                                                 Other
                              (Employee)                                                                 Misconduct
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)                                                        Postsecondary Education
Investigation   I18MID04257                                Completed Late      08/13/2019   09/30/2020                           Other
                                                                                                         Fraud
                              Fraudulent Student Email Completed Late
Investigation   I19TCD02030                                                    08/28/2019   09/25/2020   Other                   Other
                              Accounts
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C) et al.                                                 Postsecondary Education Other
Investigation   I19EAS02993                                Completed Late      10/10/2019   10/16/2020
                                                                                                         Fraud
                                                                                                         Elementary Secondary
Investigation   I19MID03174   Dugsi Academy                Completed Late      11/12/2019   09/09/2020                           Charter School
                                                                                                         Education Fraud
                              STEP Academy Charter                                                       Elementary Secondary
Investigation   I18MID02685                        Completed Late              11/12/2019   09/09/2020                           Charter School
                              School                                                                     Education Fraud
                                                                                                         ED Employee
Investigation   I19EAS04302
                              1--
                              (b) (6), (b) (7)(C)          Completed Late      01/24/2020   06/10/2020   Misconduct              Other
                                      (b) (6), (b) (7)(C) (NEA                                                                   Non-ED (Mgmt.
Investigation       I20EAS00733                                      Completed Late            04/01/2020       09/17/2020                           Other
                I                 I   Employee)                  I                         I                I                I   Approved)       I


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