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U.S. Education Department Investigating College Bribery Scheme

March 27, 2019


Eight universities embroiled in a massive college admission cheating scheme are now being investigated by the U.S. Education Department.

Letters sent to the schools Monday and obtained by The Associated Press say the department is conducting a “preliminary investigation” to determine whether they violated federal laws or rules surrounding the management of federal student aid.

A department spokeswoman said the agency does not confirm or comment on ongoing investigations. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos previously called the bribery scheme “disgraceful,” saying students should get into college based on their merits.

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