ED Magedson – Founder
American Institute School of Health Careers3190 N. State Rd 7 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida United States of America
Ricardo Pradel, Admissions Representative at American Institute School of Health Careers arrested 11/22/10 for phony diploma scam to students and grads. For three years from 2007 until April 2010, admissions counselor at the American InstituteSchool of Health Careers at 3190 N. State Rd 7, Lauderdale Lakes, FL, a trade college in Lauderdale Lakes located next to a pawn shop. That's where he allegedly started producing fake high school diplomas for prospective students.
Which is why Ricardo Pradel is currently under indictment by the FBI. The school is ran by a husband and wife team, Richard McCulloch, Campus President and Katherine McCulloch, VP of Education approved all students before entrance, but still have not been charged. They continue to be investigated along with all other leadership team members. [continued below]....
Prosecutors claim Pradel fabricated and filed at least eleven diplomas-- some of them with names misspelled-- for American Institute School of Health Careers applicants who hadn't graduated from U.S. high school. He then helped them to apply for government financial aid using the fake diplomas, which is where the federal charges come in. The students received $156,000 in financial aid as a result of Pradel's handiwork, according to prosecutors.
The institute apparently figured out what Pradel was doing. They warned federal student aid officials and the FBI began its investigation. Pradel was indicted last week and charged with federal financial aid fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
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