California attorney general files suit against for-profit college

The state of California is suing a for-profit college (PDF) for using false job placement rates in its advertising as part of a “predatory scheme” to lure in vulnerable students, saying it has resulted in harm to investors and thousands of students.
The lawsuit filed Thursday by state Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office accuses the Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operates 24 campuses in the state and a total of 111 in North America, of advertising 100 percent job placement rates for some of its programs when those claims were “false or not supported by the data.” Harris alleges that the company once paid a temporary employment agency to hire graduates to boost placement figures. 
"The predatory scheme devised by executives at Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is unconscionable. Designed to rake in profits and mislead investors, they targeted some of our state’s most particularly vulnerable people — including low income, single mothers and veterans returning from combat," Harris said in a release on the AG’s website.

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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California attorney general files suit against for-profit college

The state of California is suing a for-profit college (PDF) for using false job placement rates in its advertising as part of a “predatory scheme” to lure in vulnerable students, saying it has resulted in harm to investors and thousands of students.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by state Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office accuses the Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operates 24 campuses in the state and a total of 111 in North America, of advertising 100 percent job placement rates for some of its programs when those claims were “false or not supported by the data.” Harris alleges that the company once paid a temporary employment agency to hire graduates to boost placement figures. 

"The predatory scheme devised by executives at Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is unconscionable. Designed to rake in profits and mislead investors, they targeted some of our state’s most particularly vulnerable people — including low income, single mothers and veterans returning from combat," Harris said in a release on the AG’s website.

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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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