January 19th, 2012
Illinois AG files suit against for-profit college
By SOPHIA TAREEN
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a for-profit college with four Chicago area campuses, alleging “deceptive practices” that left numerous students with massive debt for degrees that failed to qualify them for criminal justice jobs.
The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
According to the lawsuit, college officials used online, radio, mailed and television advertising to market the school’s criminal justice program and convinced students they could get work at agencies or police departments that didn’t accept a Westwood degree because of its lack of regional accreditation.
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