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Ariz. college is subject of federal investigation

Ariz. college is subject of federal investigation

CREATED Feb. 8, 2013

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

PHOENIX (AP) - The Maricopa County Community College District says it is cooperating with a federal investigation of a college's administration of a federally funded program that pays students for community service work.

The Arizona Republic reports that that the fraud and theft investigation includes looking into whether students were paid for community service when they were actually doing other work or being paid for work performed before they enrolled in the program.

Court documents submitted by agents to obtain a search warrant allege that college officials falsified student timesheets and fraudulently certified ineligible people for payment under Project Ayuda of the Americorps Program.

District spokesman Tom Gariepy says the district is cooperating with the federal investigation and conducted its own internal investigation.

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