Posts Tagged ‘Investigative’

James Hoyer Client Interviewed in Investigative Report on For-profit Colleges

A hard hitting story on WFTS TV, the ABC station in Tampa, exposed questionable practices in recruiting and job placement at the 2nd largest for-profit college company in the nation, Education Management Corporation, known as EDMC.

The company is at the center of a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former EDMC Admissions Representative Jason Sobek, who is represented by the James Hoyer Law Firm.  EDMC operates several for-profit colleges, including The Art Institutes, South University, Argosy University and Brown Mackie College.

In the report, Sobek was interviewed and explained that recruiters at the schools were encouraged to say whatever it takes to sign students up:

“We were trained to target low-income students, single mothers, women staying at women’s shelters,” Sobek said.

 I-Team investigator Michael George asked Sobek why those groups were targeted.

 “They were easy victims,” Sobek said.

 But there was more to it than that. Sobek says low-income students were desired because they qualify for the most federal aid. EDMC’s schools received $1.8 billion dollars in federal grants and loans in 2010 alone, according a report on for-profit schools by the U.S. Senate. That’s taxpayer money.

Click here to read the full report on the WFTS TV website.

Click here to read another report from WTAE TV in Pittsburgh, the hometown for EDMC’s headquarters.

 

James Hoyer Investigator Discusses Transition from Journalism

John Allman – Investigator

Many of the investigators at the James Hoyer Law Firm have strong backgrounds as investigative journalists.  That’s because every case has facts that need to be uncovered and a story that must be told, and investigative journalists have a unique ability to do both in a powerful way.  James Hoyer investigator John Allman recently shared his experience of making the transition from Investigative Reporter to Law Firm Investigator with two classes at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

John was asked to talk to students in the Cultural Studies in the Popular Arts class at USF’s St. Pete campus.  This fall, the students studied fictional detectives throughout history, and their adjunct professor, Curtis Ross, a longtime former colleague of John’s from The Tampa Tribune, said he wanted them to hear what working life was like for a private investigator employed by a law firm.

John joined the James Hoyer law firm in July 2010 after spending 17 years working as an investigative journalist for newspapers in five states. He became a licensed private investigator in June 2010.

John discussed the differences between being a reporter and an investigator, and answered questions about the types of cases that he has been involved with, and also about the different techniques and technology that he uses to do his job.

Several students expressed an interest in pursuing a Florida private investigator’s license of their own after hearing John speak.