Ill. Woman Pleads Guilty To $2.5M E-Rate Fraud

Law360, New York (June 3, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT) -- An Illinois woman pled guilty in New Orleans on Thursday to a $2.5 million bribery and fraud scheme related to the federal E-Rate program, which provides subsidies to school districts and libraries to pay for Internet and communications services.

Gloria Harper copped to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the federal government, marking the U.S. Department of Justice's latest victory in a wide-ranging crackdown on fraud in the program.

Schools applying for E-Rate funding must hold a competitive bidding process in order to receive the subsidies,...
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