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The Massachusetts Attorney General is yet another government body to open a lawsuit againt Everest College and its parent company Corinthian Colleges Inc. The college has been subjected to multiple investigations, all of which allege that the school used fraudulent actions and misrepresentation to rip off its students and taxpayers in its scam school. Other parties who have launched investigations include the Securities and Exchange Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Education, and at least a dozen other states’ Attorney General Offices.
The Massachusetts lawsuit claims that Everest College would aggressively contact anyone who even looked in their direction and call them repeatedly to the point of harassment. Many claim they were called multiple times per day at any time of the day or night regardless of whether they had any interest in enrolling. Many enrolled to escape the harassing phone calls or were bombarded with well-created lies until they seemed to be the truth.
Everest College was enrolling students based on the fact that they had a pulse and not based on their ability to learn from its programs or even work in the field of study after graduation. Students were asked to sign multiple documents in English even if they couldn’t read or speak the language. They were unknowingly signed up for English only programs, signed loan agreements, and had no hope of learning from the programs.
Students with criminal records were signed up in health programs even though Everest knew full well that they could never legally work in those fields due to hospital and clinic policies which forbid their hiring. If such students directly asked Everest whether they could work in these fields with a criminal record, they were blatantly lied to and told it was fine. Students were admitted to programs without a GED or high school diploma into fields which specifically require the completion of high school or its equivalency.
Advertising by Everest used manipulative and false statements in order to get students to enroll and would tell students if they didn’t sign the papers to take the seat on the spot they would be forced to wait a year due to limited enrollment in their programs. This was a full out lie as the school had no real space limitations and started new classes every single month.
Accreditation claims were also false and Everest advertised that its school credits were accepted by every accredited school. In reality, no one accepted their credits due to the school’s poor reputation and substandard education. It also lied about externships which were required by the programs for graduation and the externships were rarely available.
Job placement numbers were pulled from the sky! Everest routinely claimed in its sessions that it had 100% job placement for its programs, advertised 72% placement, but only had 23% job placement success. Numbers were falsified through putting students in temp jobs and counting them as successful permanent placements. Salary rates were also magnified magically to several dollars more per hour than anyone entering the fields could hope to earn in their position or state.
All of this deception cost former Everest students and taxpayers an incredible $19,000 in tuition per year per student plus fees and book costs. In the end, these students were unemployable in their fields and were forced to work minimum wage jobs, most of them defaulting on their loans.
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