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Okabe & Haushalter

Los Angeles Education Fraud Defense Attorney

Los Angeles Education Fraud Defense Lawyer

Higher education is important in the United States. For many, it is seen as the key to leading a successful life. There are approximately 20 million people attending colleges across the country. Millions of people work to make both public and private higher education institutions successful.

However, as with any important institution, there are people who break the law. In higher education, that can include many white collar fraud charges. At Okabe & Haushalter, we understand those good people sometimes get mixed up in these crimes, often without even realizing it. Other times, mistakes and poor decisions lead to possible legal trouble. That should not mean you are branded as a criminal. If you need a Los Angeles education fraud defense attorney, contact us today.

What Kind Of Fraud Is There?

The term “education fraud” is broad and can include many things. Generally, any time a person or group of people knowingly deceive individuals, groups, or institutions out of money for their own personal financial gain.

Here are some examples of what education fraud could look like:

  • College officials embezzling money from the institution through fraudulent reimbursements or using the institution’s finances for personal purposes.
  • Falsifying student academic records.
  • Paying recruiters to enroll students through “kickbacks.”
  • Using grant money for purposes other than specifically intended purposes.
  • Professors and researchers using university facilities and equipment to engage in consulting work on the side.
  • Using a university’s resources (financial and physical) to create a product and they market those products and selling them through their own private companies.
  • Education fraud can include individuals within an institution working with parents as well. The best example of this occurring is the uncovering of a major bribery scheme involving the Hollywood elite, college coaches, test proctors, and others.

Also, consider that college athletics are under strict policies placed on student-athletes by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). This has led to instances of coaches and sports staff members committing fraud to do things like complete a student’s coursework or alter test scored.

Please know that these are just examples and this list is not intended to be used as legal advice for your case. If you do not see anything similar to your case here, please call us so we can advise you further.

What You Can Do Now

If you have been accused of a crime related to higher education fraud, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The penalties of a guilty verdict for many of the types of crimes we discussed above can be severe, including massive fines and prison time. You owe it to yourself and your family to mount a strong defense.

At Okabe & Haushalter, our knowledgeable and experienced team will build a case around you. Every case is unique, but we make sure to get the human side of your story by investigating every aspect of what happened. When you need a Los Angeles education fraud defense attorney, you can contact us today by clicking here or calling 310-430-7799 for a free consultation.