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Abbott shuts down diploma mill
HOUSTON -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott resolved the state’s enforcement action against a purported “academy” that falsely claimed to be an accredited educational institution. The agreement, which was memorialized in a final agreed judgment issued by a Harris County state district court, requires the operators of Houston-based Lincoln Academy to permanently shut down the so-called academy and pay all costs associated with the shutdown.
The defendants’ court-restricted assets will provide more than $1.4 million in compensation to deceived customers. In the coming weeks, the Office of the Attorney General will review consumer complaints and other data to determine how it will administer the resources available for consumer restitution. Consumers with questions or who wish to file a complaint may call 1-800-252-8011.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office urges all educational institutions -- especially community colleges and universities -- to be diligent in reviewing purported high school transcripts issued by entities that may be more interested in amassing profits than preparing students for higher education.
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