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Fighting Fraud Friday: OIG criminal investigators continue to participate in Federal-State tasks forces focused on fight...
11/13/2020
Coronavirus Response

Fighting Fraud Friday: OIG criminal investigators continue to participate in Federal-State tasks forces focused on fighting coronavirus/COVID-19 fraud. The Task Forces have taken action against a number of people for fraud involving coronavirus relief funds. Here is a link to Department of Justice press releases noting actions taken involving the Task Forces thus far: https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus

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11/12/2020
www.pandemic.oversight.gov

Are you interested in learning more about the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee and the work produced by the Federal Inspectors General in response to the pandemic? Visit www.pandemic.oversight.gov where you can read OIG reports on coronavirus relief aid, track where the $1.9 trillion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act, better known as the CARES Act, funding is going in your state and county, and learn more about the OIG members of the Committee, which includes ED OIG!

Fighting Fraud Friday:  Fraudsters seize on every opportunity to steal Federal student aid, especially in times of crisi...
11/06/2020

Fighting Fraud Friday: Fraudsters seize on every opportunity to steal Federal student aid, especially in times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. Be on the lookout for signs of fraud, waste, and abuse involving coronavirus relief funds! If you are not sure what those signs may be, we can help! Download this FREE poster today that will highlight the most common types of student aid fraud involving pandemic relief funds and how to report it to the OIG:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/oig006caresactposter02.pdf

College students and recent college grads! Purpose. Impact. That’s what the ED OIG is all about. And we’re looking for m...
11/04/2020

College students and recent college grads! Purpose. Impact. That’s what the ED OIG is all about. And we’re looking for motivated students and recent college graduates who are looking for hands-on, real-world experience in an internship that puts their education and skills to the test. Learn more here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/career.html

Attention U.S. Department of Education contractors, subcontractors, grantees, or subgrantees: if you believe that your e...
11/02/2020

Attention U.S. Department of Education contractors, subcontractors, grantees, or subgrantees: if you believe that your employer retaliated against you because you disclosed wrongdoing involving U.S. Department of Education funds, programs, or operations, let us know! https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotlinewb.html

Fighting Fraud Friday: Fraudsters are using the coronavirus to separate you from your money and steal your hard-earned t...
10/30/2020
About Oversight.gov | Oversight.gov

Fighting Fraud Friday: Fraudsters are using the coronavirus to separate you from your money and steal your hard-earned tax dollars from the Federal government. Follow us and other OIGs to stay on top the scams and schemes and how to report your suspicions and allegations of fraud to an OIG! Click on this link for a listing of the OIGs https://oversight.gov/about

Oversight.gov was created by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) to consolidate in one place all public reports from Federal Inspectors General (IGs) in order to improve the public’s access to independent and authoritative information about the Federal Governm...

Are you looking for a job or are you looking for a career where you can make a difference? If it is the latter, the U.S....
10/28/2020

Are you looking for a job or are you looking for a career where you can make a difference? If it is the latter, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) may have exactly what you are looking for! OIG currently has challenging and rewarding positions available in our Washington, DC, headquarters and regional offices. Click on this link to learn more: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/career.html

Many OIG fraud investigations start with a call to the OIG Hotline by a person who suspects fraud related to ED program ...
10/26/2020

Many OIG fraud investigations start with a call to the OIG Hotline by a person who suspects fraud related to ED program & funds. Suspect something? Contact the OIG Hotline! https://OIGHotline.ed.gov

Fighting Fraud Friday: The former principal and vice principal of the now-defunct Bradley Academy of Excellence in Arizo...
10/23/2020
Press Releases | Arizona Attorney General

Fighting Fraud Friday: The former principal and vice principal of the now-defunct Bradley Academy of Excellence in Arizona were sentenced for their roles in a $2.5 million fraud scheme. The two officials and others fraudulently overreported the number of students enrolled in the school to receive funding they were otherwise not entitled to receive. As a result of their fraudulent efforts, the school received some $2.5 million from the State and Federal government. Read more here: https://www.azag.gov/press-releases

TUCSON -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that a State Grand Jury indicted United States Customs and Border Protection Officer Elizabeth Landeros with five counts of Computer Tampering, one count of Obstructing Criminal…

The OIG investigates fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, and other crimes involving U.S. Department of Education funds, pro...
10/21/2020

The OIG investigates fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, and other crimes involving U.S. Department of Education funds, programs, and operations, and we rely on tips to the OIG Hotline to help track down criminals and bad actors. Click here to learn more: https://OIGHotline.ed.gov

If you haven’t done so already or if it’s been a while, come visit our OIG Just Issued webpage where you will find recen...
10/19/2020

If you haven’t done so already or if it’s been a while, come visit our OIG Just Issued webpage where you will find recently issued press releases on our investigative cases, recently issued audit reports, and more! https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/justissued.html

Fighting Fraud Friday: The former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Education and three school contrac...
10/16/2020
Former Executive Director and Three Contractors of the Mississippi Department of Education Charged with Conspiracy, Federal Bribery, Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

Fighting Fraud Friday: The former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Education and three school contractors were indicted on multiple charges for their roles in a bid-rigging and kickback scheme. The former executive director allegedly received more than $42,000 directly or indirectly from her conspirators, while the contractors garnered more than $650,000 from the State of Mississippi, including Federal funds granted by the U.S. Department of Education to Mississippi.
https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdms/pr/former-executive-director-and-three-contractors-mississippi-department-education

Jackson, Miss. – Cerissa Renfroe Neal, 45, of Madison County, David B. Hunt, 54, of Jackson, Tennessee, Joseph Kyles, 51, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Lambert Martin, 59, of Memphis, Tennessee, have been charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery.

The Office of Inspector General issued a report highlighting the challenges facing the Department of Education in admini...
10/14/2020

The Office of Inspector General issued a report highlighting the challenges facing the Department of Education in administering and overseeing the billions of dollars of CARES Act funding it received to help schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education impacted during the pandemic. Read the report here:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/auditreports/fy2020/x20dc0003.pdf

With extra money comes extra opportunities for fraud! If you are a teacher or school administrator, be on the lookout fo...
10/13/2020

With extra money comes extra opportunities for fraud! If you are a teacher or school administrator, be on the lookout for possible fraud. Did someone at your school purchase laptops to “support students engaged in distance ed” but those students never got them? Report what you see to our hotline: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotline.html

Fighting Fraud Friday! Fraudsters seize on every opportunity to steal Federal funds, especially in times of crisis like ...
10/09/2020

Fighting Fraud Friday! Fraudsters seize on every opportunity to steal Federal funds, especially in times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. Federal education funds are no exception. So what would coronavirus education fraud look like? Suspicious or nonverifiable vendors, missing school funds or property, grant award money that runs out too quickly, irregularities in contract awards, or undue influence by people in decision-making positions. We’re here to fight and we could use your help! If you are a teacher or employee in a school, college, or university, click here for info and our new poster that will let you know the signs of potential fraud specific to COVID-19 and how to report it! https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/disasterrecovery.html#coronavirus

Don’t be fooled! Malicious actors are attempting to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to lure victims to interact with un...
10/07/2020

Don’t be fooled! Malicious actors are attempting to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to lure victims to interact with unsafe email and websites. Hackers and scammers use trending topics, such as emergencies—moments when people are scared, desperate, and at their most vulnerable—to propagate scams. The coronavirus pandemic is no different. The Federal Trade Commission offers some great tips for recognizing and avoiding phishing scams—check them out today and stay safe!
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams

Many OIG fraud investigations start with a call to the OIG Hotline by a person who suspects fraud related to ED program ...
10/05/2020

Many OIG fraud investigations start with a call to the OIG Hotline by a person who suspects fraud related to ED program & funds. Suspect something? Contact the OIG Hotline! https://OIGHotline.ed.gov

10/02/2020

Fighting Fraud Friday! With extra money comes extra opportunities for fraud! If you’re a teacher or school administrator, be on the lookout for possible fraud. Did someone at your school purchase laptops to “support students engaged in distance ed” but those students never got them? We have a Hotline for you to report what you see: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotline.html

Attention college students and recent college grads! Purpose. Impact. That’s what the ED OIG is all about. And we’re loo...
09/30/2020

Attention college students and recent college grads! Purpose. Impact. That’s what the ED OIG is all about. And we’re looking for motivated students and recent college graduates who want hands-on, real-world experience in an internship that puts their education and skills to the test. Learn more here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/career.html.

Attention U.S. Department of Education contractors, subcontractors, grantees, or subgrantees: if you believe that your e...
09/28/2020

Attention U.S. Department of Education contractors, subcontractors, grantees, or subgrantees: if you believe that your employer retaliated against you because you disclosed wrongdoing involving U.S. Department of Education funds, programs, or operations, let us know! https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotlinewb.html

Fighting Fraud Friday: A Georgia woman was sentenced to prison for using the stolen identities of more than 30 people to...
09/25/2020
Prison, Restitution Ordered For Florida Woman Guilty In A Student Financial Aid Identity Theft Scheme

Fighting Fraud Friday: A Georgia woman was sentenced to prison for using the stolen identities of more than 30 people to fraudulently apply for and receive Federal student aid. Initially stopped for speeding, a Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy found that the woman’s license had been suspended and subsequent search of the car found notebooks filled with people’s names, personal identifying and other information, and in the trunk they found laptops, tablets, and bags with debit cards from various banks. Based on the information found in the car, a multiagency investigation determined that the woman used stolen identities to defraud multiple Federal agencies and programs, including more than $121,200 in Federal student aid in the names of more than 30 unwitting victims. The woman was sentenced to serve 36 months in prison and was ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution, including more than $121,200 to the Department of Education. https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdga/pr/prison-restitution-ordered-florida-woman-guilty-student-financial-aid-identity-theft

April Thornton, 35, of Lake Alfred, Florida was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Louis Sands on Thursday, August 27 to 36 months in prison and three years of supervised release after she pleaded guilty to possession of unauthorized devices.

Are you looking for a job or are you looking for a career where you can make a difference? If it is the latter, the U.S....
09/23/2020

Are you looking for a job or are you looking for a career where you can make a difference? If it is the latter, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General may have exactly what you are looking for! We currently have challenging and rewarding positions available in our Washington, DC, headquarters and regional offices. Click on this link to learn more: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/career.html

Attention student aid administrators! Fraudsters seize on every opportunity to steal Federal student aid, especially in ...
09/21/2020

Attention student aid administrators! Fraudsters seize on every opportunity to steal Federal student aid, especially in times of crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. Be on the lookout for signs of fraud, waste, and abuse involving coronavirus relief funds! If you are not sure what those signs may be, we can help! Download this FREE poster today that will highlight the most common types of student aid fraud involving pandemic relief funds and how to report it to the OIG:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/oig006caresactposter02.pdf

Fighting Fraud Friday: Fraudsters are using the #coronavirus to separate you from your money and steal your hard-earned ...
09/18/2020
About Oversight.gov | Oversight.gov

Fighting Fraud Friday: Fraudsters are using the #coronavirus to separate you from your money and steal your hard-earned tax dollars from the Federal government. Follow us and other OIGs to stay on top the scams and schemes and how to report your suspicions and allegations of fraud to an OIG! Click on this link for a listing of the OIGs https://oversight.gov/about

Oversight.gov was created by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) to consolidate in one place all public reports from Federal Inspectors General (IGs) in order to improve the public’s access to independent and authoritative information about the Federal Governm...

We have put together a summary of the most significant challenges facing the Department of Education in administering an...
09/16/2020

We have put together a summary of the most significant challenges facing the Department of Education in administering and overseeing the billions of dollars of CARES Act funding it received to help schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education impacted during the pandemic. Find out more about these challenges here:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/topchallengescaresact.pdf

Are you interested in learning more about the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee and the work produced by the Fe...
09/14/2020

Are you interested in learning more about the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee and the work produced by the Federal Inspectors General in response to the pandemic? Visit www.pandemic.oversight.gov where you can read OIG reports on coronavirus relief aid; track where the $1.9 trillion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act, better known as the CARES Act, funding is going in your State and county; and learn more about the OIG members of the Committee, which includes us!

Fighting Fraud Friday: OIG criminal investigators continue to participate in Federal-State tasks forces focused on fight...
09/11/2020
Coronavirus Response

Fighting Fraud Friday: OIG criminal investigators continue to participate in Federal-State tasks forces focused on fighting coronavirus fraud. The task forces have taken action against a number of people for fraud involving coronavirus relief funds. Here is a link to Department of Justice press releases noting actions taken involving the task forces so far: https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus

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Schools across the country have now reopened remotely, in person, or a hybrid of the two and the Federal government has ...
09/09/2020

Schools across the country have now reopened remotely, in person, or a hybrid of the two and the Federal government has allotted funding to help those efforts. On top of all of the challenges schools have in the midst of the pandemic, they also have to protect these vital funds from fraud. The OIG is here to help. Download this FREE poster that will help teachers, school employees, and administrators identify the signs of potential fraud and how to report to the OIG.https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/oig006caresactposter01.pdf

09/04/2020
Federal Student Aid

Fighting Fraud Friday: Attention students and student loan borrowers! Fraudsters are targeting you by offering to provide you with services related to coronavirus student loan relief for a fee. Don’t fall for it—it’s a scam! Don't pay for services that are already free. Get the facts about Coronavirus Federal student loan relief: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

Fighting Fraud Friday: In our last Semiannual Report to Congress, we noted that a woman was sentenced to prison and was ...
08/28/2020
Couple sentenced for multiple frauds

Fighting Fraud Friday: In our last Semiannual Report to Congress, we noted that a woman was sentenced to prison and was ordered to pay more than $457,200 in restitution, of which nearly $220,000 will go to the Department for fraud. In July, her partner was sentenced to 51 months in prison and was ordered to pay nearly $220,000 to the Department for fraud. The multiagency investigation revealed from 2011 through 2017, the woman and her partner used the personally identifiable information of other people to defraud several government agencies by committing student aid fraud, tax return fraud, Medicaid, and SNAP fraud. Specific to defrauding the Department, the woman and her partner recruited people to provide their personally identifiable information that they used to apply for admissions to and receive Federal student aid from Columbus State Community College, knowing that none of the people had any intention of attending classes. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdoh/pr/couple-sentenced-multiple-frauds

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Ohio FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Couple sentenced for multiple frauds Defrauded student lenders, SNAP, Medicaid, IRS COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Pickerington couple have been sentenced for conspiring to defraud multiple f...

Are you looking for a job or are you looking for a career where you can make a difference? If it is the latter, the U.S....
08/26/2020

Are you looking for a job or are you looking for a career where you can make a difference? If it is the latter, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) may have exactly what you are looking for! OIG currently has challenging and rewarding positions available in our Washington, DC, headquarters and regional offices. Click on this link to learn more: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/career.html

Attention student aid administrators! Classes are back in session so that means the fraudsters are back to work looking ...
08/24/2020

Attention student aid administrators! Classes are back in session so that means the fraudsters are back to work looking for ways to scam Federal student aid. Be on the lookout for signs of fraud, waste, and abuse involving coronavirus relief funds! If you are not sure what those signs may be, we can help! Download this FREE poster today that will highlight the most common types of student aid fraud involving pandemic relief funds and how to report it to the OIG:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/oig006caresactposter02.pdf

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