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College Used Strippers to Lure Students

December 5, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A Florida college used exotic strippers as admissions faculty, falsified documents and coached students to lie on financial forms, so it could obtain millions of dollars in federal money, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Miami.

On at least one of its seven campuses, FastTrain College “purposely hired attractive women and sometimes exotic dancers and encouraged them to dress provocatively while they recruited young men in neighborhoods to attend FastTrain,” according to an ongoing civil lawsuit.

The announcement was made by the Florida attorney general and the U.S. attorney in Miami Wednesday, who also revealed they are joining the lawsuit against the now-defunct FastTrain and former owner Alejandro Amor, 56.

The Coral Gables man was indicted in criminal charges in October and is facing additional pending charges of conspiracy and theft of government money.

The complaint states that the Miami-based FastTrain college and Amor fraudulently received millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Education using falsified grant applications from January 2009 through June 2012, when the  FBI raided the school, shutting it down.

The school allegedly falsified phony high school diplomas for students who never graduated from high school, the lawsuit contends the students wouldn’t have qualified for student aid.

In order to receive taxpayer funded assistance, first-time students would be required to attend class for at least 30 days, however any students who failed to attend for the required time period, the school would falsify attendance records or backdated the enrollment so they could collect federal funds quicker.

For-profit colleges, which are run by private organizations or corporations, has grown exponentially in Florida and across the country.

However, there has been a rise in whistleblower lawsuits that have been filed against them by ex-employees.

The lawsuit was brought against Fast Train by Juan Pena, who worked as an admissions employee. Once federal of state governments lends credence by joining the suits, they pick up steam in the courts, such as Pena’s lawsuit.

Former students of FastTrain have maintained that they are still struggling due to loan debts, the lawsuit filed identifies more than 160 former students who have gone in default.

At the time of the FBI raid, any students who were attending the school,  were able to get their student loans discharged under a “closed school” provision.

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