FastTrain College Closed and the Owner and Admissions Representative Convicted of Conspiracy
June 2012 met with the closure of FastTrain College, a for-profit school. Federal and State authorities filed civil action against FastTrain's owner for false submission off information pertaining to students eligibility for federal student aid.The action alleges that the school submitted false documentation which showed students as having high school diplomas or equilivent when in fact, they did not. These ineligible students were prompted to lie on their Federal Student Aid Applications so that FastTrain would receive more federal funding than the students qualified for.
"Taking advantage of students in order to exploit federal financial aid programs is reprehensible, and we will continue to work with our federal partners to protect Florida students and the integrity of federal financial aid," Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a news release.
Per the complaint, the U.S. has sustained damages for more than $4.3 million in student loans, with additional damages of $2.2 million through Federal Pell grants.
"Federal financial student aid programs are designed to assist students obtain an education," Wilfredo A. Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said in a news release. "Those who misuse federal funds will be brought to justice and held accountable."
November 24, 2015 the U.S. District Court Judge Joan a. Lenaard and jury convicted Alejandro Amor, owner of FastTrain of one count of conspiracy to steal government money and twelve counts of confirmed counts of theft of government monies. Anthony Mincey, FastTrack's admissions representative as also convicted of conspiracy to steal government monies.