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Cleveland FBI Agents Investigate Charter School for White Collar Crime

White collar crimes typically involve the use of fraud and deceit for financial gain in the business world. However, white collar crime can occur virtually anywhere.

On June 10, Federal Agents raided 19 charter schools, including three in Northern Ohio. So far, little is known about the charges except that they are related to white collar crime. Other details about the raids include:

  • The U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission joined forces with FBI agents in Cleveland and searched 19 locations owned by Concept Schools.
  • The privately-run, publicly-funded schools are strategically located in urban areas in order to take advantage of poor communities.
  • According to Sedat Duman, the man who runs Concept Schools, the FBI was investigating how the schools spent E-rate Technology grants — federal money given to schools and libraries to improve Internet access.
  • The raids were conducted discreetly — no agents in uniform or marked cars.
  • Vicki Anderson, a Cleveland FBI agent, said the investigation “Did not involve violence or threats against the school, faculty or students.”
  • Concept Schools emphasizes math and science and has been under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor for its use of foreign workers.

The administration of the schools could face serious corruption charges. White collar crimes, while non-violent, are often prosecuted by the federal government. If arrested or under investigation for a business-sector offense or any type of fraud, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

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