The founder of FastTrain, a for-profit school, has received an eight-year prison sentence for fraud, which Education Dive describes as "the most extreme punishment handed down as part of the recent crackdown on for-profit institutions."

Prior to the sentencing of Alejandro Amor, federal investigators had found that FastTrain admissions employees had forged signatures on federal student loan applications and other papers, enrolling more than 1,000 students who were not even high school graduates.

At the time of its closing in south Florida in 2012, FastTrain had reportedly obtained more than $35 million in federal student loans.

Education Dive notes that a Brookings Institute report last year found that 28  for-profit education providers were under federal investigation.


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