1. Career Assistance Planning, Inc.
Does business as College Assistance Planning, College Assistance Program, and C.A.P.
LOCATION: 400 Colony Square, Suite 2030, Atlanta, Georgia.
Defendants: David Chaim Levy; Donna M. Levy (also known as Donna Holeger).
Complaint filed 8/96. Order granting summary judgment to Commission entered in September, 1997. Defendants ordered to pay $6 million in consumer redress and post a $6 million bond before engaging in telemarketing.
Estimated 30,000 victims; $6 million injury
2. College Assistance Services, Inc.
LOCATION: 4567 N. Pine Island Road, Sunrise, Fl.
Defendants: Linda Love; Conni Canella; Randolph Cannella; John Giuffrida.
Complaint filed 8/96. Settlement entered December, 1997. Defendants agreed to a ban on offering scholarship services and agreed to post $200,000 bond before engaging in telemarketing. Consumer redress provided to consumers using bond posted by defendants with the State of Florida.
Estimated 6,000 victims; $1 million injury in six months
3. Deco Consulting Services, Inc.
LOCATION: Lauderhill, Florida
Defendants: Jesse Nieves; Dania Denis.
Complaint filed 10/96. Settlement entered December, 1997. Defendant agreed to ban on offering scholarship services and telemarketing. Judgment entered in the amount of $100,000.
Estimated 50,000 victims; $8 million injury in 3 years
4. National Grant Foundation, Inc.
LOCATION: Sunrise, Florida
Defendants: Wallace Millman; Anthony Consalvo; Dennis J. Colonna; Harriet Kaye; Beverly Jansen; Carol Clough.
Complaint filed 11/97. Settlement entered March, 1998 as to three telemarketers banning them from offering scholarship services and prohibiting them from making misrepresentations while telemarketing. Settlement entered March. 1998 as to management defendant, banning him from offering scholarship services and telemarketing. Case pending against two remaining management defendants.
Estimated 4,000 victims; $600,000 injury in less than a year
5. National Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
LOCATION: Delray Beach, Florida
Defendants: Eleanor Morse; Calvin Morse; Dorothy Beam; Sandra K. Brown; James P. McKenna; Timothy Quinn.
Complaint filed 11/97. Settlement entered September 1998 banning compny and officers from providing scholarship services and business information services. Defendants ordered to pay $50,000 and to post $100,000 performance bond before telemarketing credit services.
Estimated 15,000 victims; $2.8 million injury
6. Christopher ebere nwaigwe and udoka maduka
Nwaigwe also known as Christopher Maige, Michael Morge, and Michael Norge.
Maduka also known as Michael Mann
Defendants use names Higher Education Scholarship Program; National Health Scholarship Program, Division of Nursing; National Scholarship Program; National Management Scholarship Program; and National Science Program, Division of Biological Sciences.
LOCATIONS: 724 Dulaney Valley Road, Boxes 131 and 199, Towson, Maryland; 2931 O'Donnell Street, Box 313, Baltimore, MD; 8604 Second Avenue, Silver Spring, MD; 1220 L Street NW, Box 298, Washington, D.C.; 2117 L Street NW, Boxes 250 & 280, Washington, D.C.; 4431 Lehigh Road, Box 276, College Park, Maryland.
Complaint filed 8/96; Amended Complaint filed 9/96. Settlement entered April, 1997. Defendant Nwaigwe agreed to $10,000 judgment and to post a $300,000 bond before offering scholarship services. Defendant Maduka agreed to $9,000 judgment and to post a $50,000 bond before offering scholarship services. Defendant Nwaigwe convicted in March1999 on mail fraud charges by the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Estimated 50,000 victims; $500,000 injury
7. Student Assistance Services, Inc., formerly known as Student Financial Services, Inc.
LOCATION: 1868 N. University Drive, Suite 202 Ft. Lauderdale , FL; 2801 N. University Dr., Suite 200, Plantation, FL
Defendants: Fred Markowitz; Donald McGovern.
Complaint filed 8/96. Settlement entered June, 1997. Defendants paid $300,000 for consumer redress; agreed to ban on scholarship services and to post $75,000 bond before telemarketing.
Estimated 19,000 victims; $3.4 million injury
8. Student Aid Incorporated
LOCATION: 1040 First Avenue, Suite 352, New York City; 99-44 62d Avenue, #2G, Rego Park, NY
Defendants: Adel Kovaleva; Adel Tager; Raimma Tagiev.
Complaint filed 8/96. Settlement entered August, 1997. Defendants paid $7,500 in consumer redress and agreed to injunctions regarding offering of scholarship services.
Estimated 1500 victims; $125,000 injury
ESTIMATED TOTAL: 175,000 VICTIMS; $22 MILLION IN INJURY
How to report a scholarship scam
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