Pittsburgh-based for-profit education company Education Management Corp. agreed to pay $95.5 million to resolves allegations it violated the federal False Claims Act and several state False Claims Acts by falsely certifying it was in compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act and parallel state statutes. The government alleged the company violated the statute’s Incentive Compensation Ban by running a high pressure boiler room where admissions personnel were paid based purely on the number of students they enrolled. The allegations first arose in series of whistleblower lawsuits filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. The whistleblowers will collectively receive a whistleblower award of $11.3 million from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. Whistleblower Insider
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