Trucking School Administrators Accused of Fleecing GI Bill Funds
A trucking-school owner in California is facing charges pertaining to the alleged fleecing of over $4 million from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The owner, along with one of the school’s operators, was arrested on charges that they had taken GI bill funds for classes which were never actually attended by veterans.
A federal indictment on April 6 against Alliance School of Trucking Owner Emmit Marshall (50, of Woodland Hills) and school director Robert Waggoner (54, Canyon Country) alleges that the two enrolled veterans to attend the school and instructed them to claim tuition and fees through VA funding using the Post-9/11 GI bill.
The pair informed veterans that they wouldn’t have to attend classes but could still get housing and book fees from the VA. Tuition payments were distributed directly to the school. According to the indictment documentation, Marshall and Waggoner fabricated student files with bonus certifications and fraudulent information. Their actions ended up netting the school $2.35 million in tuition fees and nearly $2 million in education benefits such as housing, books, and more over the course of 2011 to 20165.
US Attorney Sandra R. Brown said: “The VA offers generous benefits to veterans who have put their lives on the line to safeguard America. Fraud schemes, particularly those involving schooling for veterans, compromise the system designed to help veterans after they complete their service. Taxpayers who fund these programs also suffer when benefit programs are subject to waste, abuse and fraud.”
The pair is expected to be arraigned in a US District Court for the District of Central California on a nine-count indictment. Both could face up to a 20-year sentence in federal prison.