OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Columber OH., 11/14/2013 - Columbus Man Pleads Guilty to Using Stolen Identities to Defraud Federally Funded Tutoring 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 THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SOUTHERN DISTRICT of OHIO NEWS Columbus Man Pleads Guilty to Using Stolen Identities to Defraud Federally Funded Tutoring Program FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013 http://www.justice.gov/usao/ohs CONTACT: Fred Alverson Public Affairs Officer (614) 469-5715 COLUMBUS, OHIO –Ashkir Ali, 46, of Columbus pleaded guilty today to defrauding the U.S. Department of Education’s Supplemental Education Services Program by billing two area school districts more than $100,000 for tutoring sessions that were never provided. Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Thomas D. Utz, Jr., Special Agent in Charge for the North Central Region of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General and Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost announced the pleas entered today before U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. “These crimes were committed in order to abuse a program set up to help central Ohio schoolchildren,” U.S. Attorney Stewart said. “We will continue to work with federal and state law enforcement to uncover and prosecute such crimes.” “This is a theft of literacy, not just money,” Auditor Yost said. “These boys and girls will never get those years of learning back.” Yost commended the federal authorities for their cooperation and “their passion to win justice for these kids.” Ali pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, and one count of aggravated identity theft, punishable by a two-year sentence that he must serve after completing the sentence for making false statements. Judge Sargus will set a date for sentencing. Ali owned WAISS Network Technologies. According to court documents, Ali created fraudulent forms using forged tutor, student and parent names and other information. He billed Columbus City Schools and was paid for tutoring 51 students who either never attended tutoring or who went very few times. Investigators determined the fraudulent scheme netted Ali approximately $100,000 over a two-year period. Ali used the same method to defraud Southwestern City Schools out of approximately $20,000 in the 2010-2011 school year. Investigators did not find a single student from Southwestern City Schools who attended tutoring allegedly provided by WAISS. Allegations surfaced of possible misconduct by providers of the Supplemental Education Services Program in January 2011. The Auditor of State’s Special Investigations unit conducted a special audit of the Columbus City School District in June 2011. U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General and State Auditor Yost’s Special Investigations Unit, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Affeldt who is representing the United States in this case. # # # Top Printable view Last Modified: 11/19/2013 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
Columbus Man Pleads Guilty to Using Stolen Identities to Defraud Federally Funded Tutoring Program. Columbus, OH., November 14, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-11-14.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.