Maricopa Co. Community College District to pay $4M in lawsuit settlement

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Maricopa County Community College District has agreed to pay more than $4 million to settle claims that it submitted false information for education awards.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday that it will ensure that money from the Corporation for National and Community Service is given only to eligible individuals. The independent federal agency administers AmeriCorps and other national service programs.

A whistleblower lawsuit alleged that the college district lied about the number of service hours students had to complete to be eligible for education awards. It also alleged that the college district improperly received grant funding to administer the project.

An employee of the college district who was party to the lawsuit, Christine Hunt, will receive more than $775,000 from the settlement.

The settlement did not determine liability.