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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Feds Have Opened A Criminal Investigation Of Charlotte Law School

Charlotte Logo (2016)ABA Journal, Feds Started Criminal Investigation of Charlotte School of Law, According to Civil Filing:

A federal criminal investigation involving Charlotte School of Law was opened more than a year ago, according to recently unsealed court documents in a qui tam lawsuit. The Orlando U.S. attorney’s office recently opted not to intervene in the case.

The lawsuit was filed by Barbara Bernier, a former Charlotte School of Law professor, the Charlotte Observer reports. Her complaint — which also names InfiLaw as a defendant and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, claims that Charlotte School of Law manipulated bar exam and employment statistics by offering students who seemed unlikely to pass a $5,000 stipend to not take the test.

The law school earlier this month announced that it would close, after being placed on probation by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and losing both its state license and federal aid money. ...

Six documents in the lawsuit remain sealed, according to court records. A February 2017 motion the Middle District of Florida U.S. attorney’s office filed seeking a time extension states that Charlotte federal prosecutors had initiated a criminal investigation of Charlotte School of Law and InfiLaw. A notice  the Florida agency filed on Aug. 14, 2017, states that it “is not intervening at this time and that the government’s investigation will continue.” ...

Charlotte School of Law in a statement confirmed that as of February 2017, there was an ongoing investigation with the U.S. attorney’s office.

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