WASHINGTON, DC–The District today filed a civil suit against a former DC Public Schools principal, her adult daughter and her adult granddaughter for fraudulently evading DC school tuition for her great grandson who lived with the principal in Maryland and attended her school free of charge, DC Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan announced. The case, filed in DC Superior Court, could subject the culpable family members to a total of more than $75,000 in treble damages and civil penalties.
The lawsuit alleges that while she was principal at Langdon Education Campus, Barbara Campbell regularly drove the boy, a pre-kindergarten student, from their home in Maryland to the school, where she worked until the end of the 2011-12 school year.
The complaint alleges that Ms. Campbell, her daughter, and granddaughter conspired to commit tuition fraud. At an administrative hearing in June 2012, all three testified–falsely under oath–that the boy lived in DC with his mother, Campbell’s granddaughter. He attended Langdon during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, and for a small part of the current school year.
The District is seeking to recover $24,707.90 in non-resident tuition owed for more than two years of DC public school attendance, which can be trebled under the DC False Claims Act. The District is also seeking civil penalties against all three defendants under the statute.
Attorney General Nathan said that his office “will vigorously prosecute this serious breach of public trust by a self-dealing school official.” The Office of the Attorney General is working with officials from the DC Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to identify and prosecute additional cases of non-resident tuition fraud.
This lawsuit is the second filed this week by the Office of the Attorney General to recover unpaid tuition from non-residents. On Monday, the District filed suit against Candyce Boose, a Maryland resident, to recover treble damages and civil penalties for the non-resident tuition owed for her son’s attendance at a DC public school.
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