Created on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal and state authorities say a tutoring group's founder has been charged in an alleged scheme in which they say he billed a federally funded program for tutoring sessions to low-income children that were never provided.
Authorities say 45-year-old Ashkir Ali, of Columbus, is charged in federal court in Columbus with two counts each of making false statements and aggravated identity theft. They allege he submitted more than $50,000 in fraudulent claims.
The indictment unsealed Wednesday says the WAISS Network Technologies founder submitted bills to Columbus City Schools falsely representing the tutoring hours provided and submitted forms with forged tutors' and parents' names. Authorities say Ali signed the first of four annual contracts with Columbus City Schools in 2007.
No telephone numbers were listed for Ali or his company.