Pennsylvania man gets prison term for scamming veterans benefit program

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- - A Pennsylvania man involved in a scheme that stole more than $24 million from a federal education benefits program designed to help veterans after the 9-11 attacks is now headed to prison.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say David Alvey received a five-year sentence Monday. The 51-year-old Harrisburg man had pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Alvey and two other conspirators aggressively marketed online courses to thousands of veterans who thought they were enrolling in accredited courses taught by faculty from Caldwell University in New Jersey. But they ended up in online correspondence courses administered by an unaccredited company the firm subcontracted.

The conspirators will have to pay restitution.
 

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