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Senior Scene® | January Issue
VETERANS POST by
Freddy Groves
Veteran Education Bene ts Stolen
Of the  ve most recent scams listed on the web- site of the Veterans Affairs Of ce of Inspector Gener- al, three of them involve money stolen from veterans education bene ts ... lots of money.
The  rst  le described a welding school that wasn’t. A veteran would enroll in the school using his Post-9/11 GI Bill bene ts. He received bene ts & had his tuition paid. There was no school, however. There was no instruction; there was no hands-on learning. The owner of the alleged school paid the veteran to encourage 20 more veterans to sign up at the fake school, all of them getting bene ts, putting more tui- tion money into the hands of the school.
In the second case, a school provided online cours- es approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, except that what was provided to veterans was unap- proved online courses administered by others. One of the guilty parties was a former associate dean of a genuine school. The sub-contracted school wasn’t an
approved company with approved courses, & it wasn’t eligible to receive GI Bill bene ts. The hiring school grabbed over $24 million in tuition bene ts based on signing up thousands of veterans.
In the third  le, a woman stole $2.8 million from a program that alleged to help older veterans get jobs via computer training. The money came from Veter- an’s Retraining Assistance Program & was designed to help unemployed veterans between 35 & 60. The woman logged on to the system over 100 times, pretending to be veterans who were enrolled in the $4,000 course. The VA paid the veterans bene ts, out of which they had to pay the woman’s $750 per month fee to continue logging them in.
To those who think they can steal education ben- e ts & get away with it: You’re going to get caught, & you’re going to jail.
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