Mass. to get $225,000 after website settles claims that it misled veterans seeking to use education benefits
Massachusetts will receive $225,000 after a company settled claims that its website allegedly misled current and former military members who were interested in using their veterans’ benefits to enroll in college, the state attorney general’s office said today.
The owner and operator of GIBill.com has also agreed to turn over the site’s operations to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said.
“GIBill.com gave the misleading impression that it was a government-affiliated site acting on behalf of our service men and women,” Coakley said in a statement. “Instead, the website funneled veterans toward enrolling in for-profit schools that were paid clients of GIBill.com and not necessarily in the best interest of the veterans.”
The website owner, QuinStreet Inc., agreed to pay a total of $2.5 million to settle national consumer protection claims by a total of 20 attorneys general, Coakley’s office said.
Last month, Coakley testified at a Boston City Council hearing regarding the deceptive marketing practices of for-profit schools, the office said.
“Our veterans deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and integrity, and that is why the deceptive tactics of this organization were particularly troubling,” Coakley said in today’s statement.Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org