Education Fraud

Experienced Education Fraud Whistleblower Attorneys

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto represents qui tam whistleblowers who file claims of education fraud under the False Claims Act.

Whistleblower Ronald D. Irwin filed a qui tam action against Grand Canyon University for giving fraudulent incentives to college recruiters to enroll new students. The case, Ronald D. Irwin v. Significant Education, Inc., et al., resulted in a $5.2 million recovery for the United States, and Mr. Irwin was awarded 27% of the settlement amount for his role in recovering these funds.

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, represented whistleblower in case against Grand Canyon UniversityThe reach of the False Claims Act extends to all federal educational grants, including the federal student loan program. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partners are experienced qui tam attorneys who have success in  winning cases in which for-profit colleges and universities have violated the rules of the student loan programs by recruiting students to generate income through these loans improperly, held several for-profit schools accountable, returned money to the government, and won large rewards for whistleblowers.

What are the whistleblower rewards for reporting education fraud under the False Claims Act?

The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act allow persons and entities with evidence of fraud against federal programs or contracts to sue the wrongdoer on behalf of the United States government.

Violators of the False Claims Act are liable for three times the dollar amount that the fraud they committed against the government as well as civil penalties of $5,000 to $10,000 for each false claim. A qui tam whistleblower can receive between 15 and 30 percent of the total recovery the U.S. gets from the defendant. Merely informing the government about the violation is not enough. You only receive an award if, and after, the government recovers money from the defendant as a result of your suit.

Why choose Kohn & Kohn & Colapinto?

Experienced whistleblower attorneys – At Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto earned the reputation as the premier whistleblower attorneys by winning for whistleblowers for over 30 years.

Leading role in shaping the federal laws that protect and reward whistleblowers. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto’s dedication to assisting whistleblowers led us to take a leading role in shaping the federal laws that protect and reward whistleblowers. The partners at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto work pro bono with Congress to include strong whistleblower protections in reform legislation including the Dodd-Frank Act, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, the federal stimulus laws, and the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act. Our attorneys often testify in Congress to defend whistleblowers rights and advocate for effective legislation.

We wrote the book on whistleblower law – The partners at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP wrote the leading books on whistleblower law and pioneered the practice area of whistleblower law. Beginning in 1985 with the first legal treatise on whistleblower law, and continuing through 2017, KKC partners have published eight groundbreaking books covering the full range of whistleblower law.

Act now!

If you have knowledge of education fraud and need a whistleblower advocate to help you with your case, please contact whistleblower attorney from Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto.

More on the steps for filing a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit can be found in Stephen Kohn’s book, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself, the first consumer guide to whistleblowing. It covers nearly all federal and state laws and contains the thirty rules for whistleblowers. It is the most comprehensive and widely-read guidebook for whistleblowers and their attorneys.

For more information on education fraud, visit The Whistleblower & Qui Tam Blog.

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Whistleblower Attorneys

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Michael D. Kohn – Founding Partner

David K. Colapinto – Founding Partner

Mary Jane Wilmoth – Managing Partner

Todd Yoder – Associate Attorney

Kelsey Condon – Associate Attorney

Maraya Best – Associate Attorney

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