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Spokane Valley for-profit school pays fine to resolve allegations it defrauded VA

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

A Spokane Valley company and its general manager have agreed to pay more than $120,000 to resolve allegations that the for-profit school was defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The school, doing business as New Horizons Computer Learning Center, is one of 60 franchises in the country that use the New Horizons name. Its general manager, Spirit Dorris, agreed to pay $20,950 of the fine and acknowledged that from 2015 to 2018 the school received reimbursements from the GI Bill program even though it didn’t comply with federal guidelines.

One rule required the school to have no more than 85 percent of its paying students be funded by the GI Bill. The purpose of the rule is to ensure that educational institutions offer legitimate courses of study that benefit the general public and are not in place simply to take advantage of VA funding.

As part of the settlement agreement, Dorris also acknowledged he violated the “Last Payer Rule,” which requires the GI Bill reimbursement to be reduced by other discounts and rebates. That violation caused overpayment to the school.

“This case is indicative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington’s continuing commitment to rooting out alleged fraud involving government programs,” U.S. Attorney William Hyslop said in a statement.

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