ED Magedson – Founder
ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTENationwide United States of America
ITT Tech made the mistake of trying to rip off my son. It took me over a year to pull all the documents together. This is a link to general information.
I am a consumer advocate with heavy paralegal experience in corporate law. I was fortunate enough to work for prosecutors and firms who represented victims of financial crimes. I was able to get enough evidence against ITT Tech to present the matter to the U.S. Dept. of Education and to ask for a formal investigation.
Before I describe what ITT Tech did to my son, heres a link to general student loan fraud information. I suggest that you gather copies of your evidence, and send a letter to the Dept. of Education explaining what ITT Tech did to you.
We need to put pressure on the Dept. of Education to investigate ITT Tech and stop the mass of fraud. This is going to take everybody to write a letter. Keep copies. Also send a copy of the same letters and copies to your senators and congressional reps.
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
You can also call the Inspectors General Hotline at 1-800-Mis-Used
My son was lured to an ITT Tech campus by another student that he met at work. They sold him an agreement, they targeted him to their bank, and then they had him fill out student loan applications with banks. All his applications were turned down.
They never told him his applications for loans were rejected. In fact, they kept him in the dark, and made him think everything was just fine. When the 2nd year rolled around, they asked me for a $5,000 cash, and told me they could kick him out unless he wrote the check. I refused to write them a check, and they kicked him out.
They made him think that the loans were approved, and they disbursed the loans on the balance sheet - but in fact, there were no loans at all. They kicked him out, they breached the enrollment agreement, and then sent a fake loan to the U.S. Dept. of Education. My son never qualified for any private student loans. They made up a fake balance sheet with fake loans, and then tried to stick him with the bill.
The U.S. Dept. of Education has a computer system where a record of all loans in the students name are kept. ITT Tech reported a fake loan to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Then the U.S. Dept. of Education reported the loan as a default to the IRS, and ordered a garnishment.
When we first tried to get documentation - ITT Tech sent the Dept. of Education a copy of the application for the loan - hoping that the Dept. of Education wouldnt realize it was the application -
The Ombudsmans office at U.S. Dept. of Education combined the legitimate student loans my son had - with the fake loan - then attempted to sell him a consolidated loan with a preferred lender.
When I told the U.S. Dept. of Education what they did, I got no reply.
I started talking to other ITT Tech students and parents, and heard similar stories about a loan that doesnt exist - that the fake loan was disbursed to the balance sheet - and reported to the Dept. of Education.
I put everybody on formal notice that they have about 60 days to clean up this fraud, or Im going to report it all to the Financial Crimes Unit of the FBI.
In my sons case, ITT Tech was reporting fake loans to the Dept. of Education, claiming the student qualified for the loan. If I didnt have the documents, I wouldnt make the charge.
Theres also an issue of luring students to a private career college, and then engaging in predatory lending. Clearly, ITT Tech students pay the equivalent tuition they charge at Harvard University. ITT Tech knows that the students will never be able to pay these loans back, even if they get them.
Im moving forward against ITT Tech, and hopefully, we can put a stop to this. I want everybody to get their money back, and I want all this predatory career college lending to stop.
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