OIG Investigative Reports, Former President Of Proprietary School Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison 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 Investigative Report FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2009 U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Eastern District of Pennsylvania 615 Chestnut Street Suite 1250 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-4476 Contact: (215) 861-8200 Former President Of Proprietary School Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison PHILADELPHIA - James Mannion, 62, of Palm Harbor, Florida, was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday for his role in a conspiracy to falsify documents with intent to obstruct the U.S. Department of Education, announced United States Attorney Laurie Magid. Mannion was indicted in October 2008 with two other defendants. In December 2008, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Department of Education and to obstruct a federal audit. From 2001 to 2005, Mannion was President of the Harrison Career Institute (HCI), a for-profit proprietary school with locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. HCI, while enrolling students in courses, depended heavily on federal student financial aid through the Title IV programs, such as Pell grants and Direct Loans. Mannion, along with the two codefendants who were also HCI employees, fabricated documents and forged student signatures (including Leave of Absence requests /Verification and tax documents) in order to make the files appear compliant with federal regulations. In addition to the 18-month prison term, United States District Judge Stewart Dalzell ordered Mannion to pay restitution to the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $115,128. "School officials who handle Title IV funds clearly risk a jail sentence if they falsify documents or fabricate information in connection with these financial aid programs," said Magid. This case was investigated by the United States Department of Education's Office of Inspector General. The United States Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid also provided assistance. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise S. Wolf. Media ContactPATTY HARTMAN 215-861-8525 Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 04/16/2009 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
Former President Of Proprietary School Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison. Philadelphia, PA, April 10, 2009
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2009-04-10.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.