An operator of a San Fernando Valley trucking faculty was arrested Thursday by federal authorities for allegedly bilking the Division of Veterans Affairs out of properly over $four million in tuition and different funds after falsely certifying that veterans had attended courses — once they had not.
Robert Waggoner, fifty four, of Canyon Nation, was taken into custody at his house by particular brokers with the Veterans Affairs’ Workplace of Inspector Common.
The second defendant named in a 9-rely indictment returned by a federal grand jury — Emmit Marshall, 50, of Woodland Hills — has agreed to self-give up Tuesday.
The case was introduced Thursday afternoon after a U.S. Justice of the Peace decide unsealed the indictment throughout Waggoner’s arraignment.
Marshall was proprietor and president of the Alliance Faculty of Trucking, and Waggoner was a director on the faculty.
The 2 defendants and one other individual concerned within the scheme recruited eligible veterans to take trucking courses paid underneath the Submit-Sep 11 GI Invoice. AST was licensed to supply courses that included a one hundred sixty-hour Tractor Trailer & Security class and a 600-hour Choose Driver Improvement Program.
Pursuant to the GI Invoice, the VA paid tuition and costs on to the varsity at which the veteran was enrolled. The VA additionally paid a housing allowance to the veteran enrolled full-time in an accredited program, and, in some instances, the VA paid a books and provides profit on to the veteran.
In line with the indictment, Marshall and Waggoner recruited eligible veterans to enroll at AST by telling the veterans they might acquire housing and different charges from the VA with out attending the packages.
Understanding that the overwhelming majority of veterans enrolling at AST didn’t intend to attend any portion of these packages, Marshall and Waggoner created and submitted fraudulent enrollment certifications, based on the indictment.
Additionally they created scholar information that contained bogus paperwork. From the top of 2011 by way of April 2015, because of the fraudulent scheme, the VA paid AST about $2.35 million in tuition and payment funds for veterans who purportedly attended accredited packages at AST, in accordance with the indictment.
Throughout that very same interval, the VA additionally paid roughly $1.ninety six million in schooling advantages on to veterans who purportedly attended authorised packages at AST.
“The VA gives beneficiant advantages to veterans who’ve put their lives on the road to safeguard America,” stated Appearing U.S. Lawyer Sandra R. Brown. “Fraud schemes, notably these involving education for veterans, compromise the system designed to assist veterans after they full their service.”
“Taxpayers who fund these packages additionally endure when profit packages are topic to waste, abuse and fraud,” she stated.
The indictment towards Marshall and Waggoner expenses every defendant with 9 counts of wire fraud. If they’re convicted, every defendant would resist 20 years in federal jail for every rely.