FBI joins Sawyer School investigation


Dive Summary:

  • The FBI is joining state police and the U.S. attorney's office in their investigation into the sudden shutdown of the Sawyer School in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
  • Around 300 students in Rhode Island and 1,200 in Connecticut were displaced when they learned last week with just two days' notice that the school had closed--along with Butler Business School, which is operated by the same parent company, Academic Enterprises, Inc.
  • The U.S. Department of Education says the for-profit career training school saw steep declines in federal student aid and enrollment prior to the closure (total aid amounts decreased by about $5.1 million between 2011-12 and 2012-13), and Rhode Island Office of Higher Education officials and state police are currently sifting through the school's records and computers.

From the article:

The FBI has joined the investigation into the abrupt closure of the Sawyer School in Rhode Island and Connecticut, a source told NBC 10 News on Tuesday. State police told The Associated Press last week they are reviewing Sawyer's records before determining whether to open a criminal investigation. The U.S. attorney's office is also involved. ...

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