FastTrain College Faces Federal Lawsuit After Questionable Recruitment Practices Come to Light

Former Florida for-profit school, FastTrain College, is under fire after claims of questionable admissions practices and falsified documents came to light amid a lawsuit filed in Miami, which stemmed from an FBI raid in 2012.

According to the claims filed in federal court, FastTrain hired exotic dancers and instructed them to “dress provocatively while they recruited young men in neighborhoods” in an attempt to increase enrollment rates at the school for monetary gain. The complaint also states that the school had students input false information on financial aid form as a means to bring in more money from Pell Grants. Some students at the school even had high school diplomas falsified as a means to garner more financial aid since the students in question would not have been eligible without one.

Taking the fraud a step further, FastTrain was found to have forged attendance records for the students who didn’t attend school for the minimum 30 days. All of the manipulated records and questionable admissions practices enabled the school to embezzle millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Education from January 2009 to June 2012.

FastTrain is no longer able to function as a school as a result of the pending charges against former owner Alejandro Amor. He currently has criminal charges pending for conspiracy and theft of government funds.

Florida is no stranger to for-profit schools or to lawsuits from former employees shedding light on business practices that are deemed unethical. Not much can be done with complaints like this until the government has an interest and gets involved.

The first complaint filed against FastTrain was no exception, as it came from former a former employee in the school’s admissions department. His case didn’t garner much attention until it was further investigated by the state, which has snagged the attention of the Florida attorney general and the U.S. Attorney in Miami. Both attorneys are now said to be joining in on the lawsuit against Amor.

The complaint alleges that over 160 students who attended the school are currently in default on their loans while countless others are struggling to manage the debt incurred.

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