Massachusetts Sues For-Profit Over False Advertising

Massachusetts Sues For-Profit Over False Advertising

April 11, 2013

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed suit against the Brockton-based Sullivan & Cogliano Training Centers Inc., charging it with false advertising, reports The Boston Globe.

The complaint, filed on Wednesday, claims that the for-profit education provider "grossly misrepresenting the quality and scope of education" and distorted job placement numbers while leaving students with deep debt and poor job prospects. According to the state, Sullivan & Cogliano advertised that 70 percent to 100 percent of its graduates found jobs in a medical office, when the actual figure is less than 25 percent.

"For-profit schools are extremely expensive and heavily funded through federal student loans, so all taxpayers have a stake in this," AG Coakley said in a statement cited. "If students do not receive these promised jobs and wind up in default, the students and taxpayers suffer the consequence while the schools continue to profit." 

Sullivan & Cogliano did not respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.


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