OIG Investigative Reports, Boston, MA 12/11/2009- Vocational School Employee Admits Making False Statements 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 United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz District of Massachusetts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009 http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/ma CONTACT: CHRISTINA DiIORIO-STERLINGPhone: (617)748-3356email: USAMA.MEDIA@USDOJ.GOV VOCATIONAL SCHOOL EMPLOYEE ADMITS MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS BOSTON, MA - A Bradford man pled guilty yesterday to a one-count information filed in federal court, accusing him of making false statements to the federal government. United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Brian M. Hickey, Special Agent in Charge of the federal Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General; and Gregory W. Sullivan, Inspector General of the Massachusetts Department of Education, announced today that JOSEPH GIORDANO, age 63, of Bradford, MA, pled guilty to a single count of making a false statement relating to a scheme in which GIORDANO used his position as the Coordinator of Community Education at Whittier Regional Vocational-Technical School (“Whittier”), to obtain funds provided to the school under federal grants. GIORDANO did this by creating a company, MDG Education which he controlled, and approving invoices from MDG to Whittier for services relating to faculty enrichment courses. MDG was not a Whittier-approved vendor. The services supposedly provided by MDG were services that GIORDANO typically performed in the course of his usual duties for Whittier. GIORDANO, through MDG, billed Whittier at a higher rate than Whittier would have paid for faculty enrichment courses had there been no MDG involvement. GIORDANO faces up to 5 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. As part of a plea agreement with the federal government, GIORDANO has agreed to pay back $15,049.00 that he wrongfully obtained, plus a $10,000.00 fine. In addition, GIORDANO agreed to a three-year period of probation. The case was investigated by both the federal and state Departments of Education. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Kanwit of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit. Printable view Last Modified: 12/16/2009 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
Vocational School Employee Admits Making False Statements. Boston, MA., December 11, 2009
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2009-12-11.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.