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Tutoring fraud case looks at $6M in federal funds

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DETROIT (AP) — Federal authorities say a former Detroit Public Schools administrator who started a tutoring company has been accused of fraud in a case involving more than $6 million in federal funds for students in Detroit and Highland Park.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1hLZSjA ) the FBI has seized multiple bank accounts belonging to Carolyn Starkey-Darden and her husband, Anthony Darden, after launching an investigation in 2011.

The Associated Press sent messages Thursday seeking comment from lawyers for Starkey-Darden and her husband.

A civil complaint says Starkey-Darden ordered the falsification of documents, including inputting false pre-test scores, creating fake individualized learning plans and forging signatures from parents.

No criminal charges have been filed.

The companies were formed to provide after-school tutoring to low-income students who attended schools targeted for improvement on federal goals.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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