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GI Bill scammer sentenced to five years in prison, made to pay restitution

Posted: 4:52 PM, Jul 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-11 22:52:03Z

The man responsible for scamming veterans out of more than $20 million has been sentenced to five years in prison. 

David Alvey, the founder of Ed4Mil, will also be made to pay $24 million in restitution. 

FBI officials said Alvey used his company to scam millions of dollars out of the federal government, using the GI Bill. 

The GI Bill is used to pay for the educations of former service members, to kick-start their reintegration into civilian life. 

FBI officials said Alvey worked with Caldwell University to falsely enroll veterans in correspondence classes, and charge them for much more expensive courses.

They claim Alvey would then pocket the rest of the money.

The veterans never received the education they were promised, and the federal government shelled out millions of dollars in the scam. 

The scheme lasted four years but was eventually caught by a student who looked up the actual cost of his course and found he was paying thousands of dollars more for his course than necessary. 

Last month, Alvey was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $24 million in restitution.