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Tampa schools part of $11 billion fraud complaint

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Tampa schools part of fraud complaint

The Justice Department and the attorneys general of California, Illinois, Florida and Indiana are accusing Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp., a private, for-profit college, of illegally paying recruiters to enroll students in an $11 billion fraud. The complaint alleges the company broke a 1992 law prohibiting for-profit colleges from paying recruiters incentive compensation. The company, which operates the Art Institute of Tampa as well as Argosy and South universities in Tampa, called the allegation "flat-out wrong."

NEW YORK

Housekeeper sues former IMF leader

The hotel housekeeper who has accused ex-International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in his 28th-floor suite sued him Monday in State Supreme Court in the Bronx. She's seeking unspecified damages for an attack that she said "humiliated, degraded, violated and robbed" her of "her dignity as a woman." Nafissatou Diallo's lawyer indicated in the filing he could introduce testimony from other women who say they were attacked by Strauss-Kahn.

CARACAS, Venezuela

No extradition for sex abuse suspect

Venezuela's Supreme Court announced Monday that it has rejected a U.S. request for the extradition of Simon Daniel Chocron, a Venezuelan citizen who has been accused of sexually abusing several minors at the Bolles School in Jacksonville in 2000 and 2001. Chocron, a former Florida State University swim team member, can't be sent because Venezuela's Constitution and laws prohibit the extradition of its citizens, the court said. It said Chocron, who faces 14 felony sexual charges and one charge of jumping his $250,000 bail, would face justice in Venezuela.

CARSON CITY, Nev.

Diver missing for 17 years identified

The body of a scuba diver recovered from Lake Tahoe has been identified as a man who disappeared 17 years ago. The name of Donald Christopher Windecker was released Monday by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. Dental records were used to make positive identification. Windecker was reported missing in July of 1994 when he was scuba diving in the lake with a friend. His body was discovered in 265 feet of water by a diver in late July.

Elsewhere

Cleveland: Dr. Bernadine Healy, the first woman to direct the National Institutes of Health and the leader of the American Red Cross during the Sept. 11 terror attacks, has died. She was 67.

Beijing: China's weather agency says tropical depression Muifa is lashing northeastern China with torrential rains and winds despite having weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in North Korea.

Kiev, Ukraine: A Ukrainian court on Monday rejected lawyers' requests to free former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from jail during her abuse of office trial.

Lancaster, N.H.: Celina Cass, an 11-year-old whose body was found a week ago in a river was buried Monday in a private ceremony, 40 miles from her hometown of Stewartstown.

Jefferson, Ohio: A lucky group of co-workers a cabinetmaking company in northeast Ohio will share last week's $99 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot. Each of the 22 will get about $2 million after taxes.

Times wires

Tampa schools part of $11 billion fraud complaint 08/08/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 11:32pm]

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