Princeton Review Is Accused of Civil Fraud in U.S. Lawsuit

Princeton Review Inc. (REVU) was sued for civil fraud by the U.S., which said the test-preparation provider repeatedly submitted false claims for reimbursement for tutoring services.

The Justice Department filed the lawsuit today in Manhattan federal court, claiming that Framingham, Massachusetts-based Princeton Review received millions of dollars in federal funds for tutoring services to New York City school children that it didn’t provide.

“The company and certain of its employees forged student signatures, falsified sign-in sheets and provided false certifications in order to deceitfully profit from a well- meaning program,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.

The scheme is alleged to have run from 2006 to 2010. The complaint seeks triple damages and civil penalties.

A telephone call to the company seeking comment on the lawsuit wasn’t immediately returned.

The case is U.S. v. Princeton Review, 12-cv-6876, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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