New York-based Bard College agreed to pay $4 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by receiving funds under the Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program despite failing to comply with the conditions of the grant. The settlement also resolves allegations that Bard awarded, disbursed, and received Title IV student loan funds at campus locations before such locations were accredited or before providing notice of such locations to the Department of Education in violation of applicable regulations and Bard’s Title IV Program Participation Agreements with the agency. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by two former students of Bard’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Paramount Bard Academy in Delano, California. They will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ (EDCA)
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