We are looking to speak with former students and employees of Globe University. Globe is a for-profit school with locations in Wisconsin (Appleton, Madison, Wausau, Eau Claire, Green Bay & La Crosse), Minnesota (Minneapolis, Woodbury & Moorhead) and South Dakota (Sioux Falls). Globe also operates an online degree program. Presently we are investigating possible violations of the federal False Claims Act.*
*The fact that we are conducting our own investigation is not a suggestion or indication of wrongdoing – we have not yet formed any conclusions and are basing our investigation solely on third party complaints. The university has denied wrongdoing according to press reports.
The federal false claims act allows whistleblowers with original source information about fraud to a federal program to file a complaint in federal court. If the defendant (university) is found to have violated the act, the whistleblowers would be entitled to up to 30% of whatever is collected on behalf of the government. The average award is 20%.
Recently a state court in Minneapolis awarded a former dean $395,000 after she was terminated by the school. She had accused the school of ethical breaches. A class action suit was also recently filed according to a news release from a Minneapolis law firm representing 5 Globe students.
If facts show that students were misled and that the misrepresentations or omissions caused a loss to the government through higher than normal defaults on federally backed student loan guarantees, there may be a claim under the false claims act (whistleblower law). At this point these are hypotheticals only.
If you previously worked at Globe University and have inside knowledge about the college’s marketing practices, accreditation and job placement claims, we wish to speak with you. Former students who feel they were misled are invited to contact as well. All inquiries are kept in strict confidence.