April 7, 2010 — Learning Tree International Inc.
Under a contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), Learning Tree sells information technology training courses to the federal government in multi-course packages known as “vouchers” or “passports.”
To prevent the government from paying for training services that are not actually provided, the contract specifically requires that Learning Tree bill the government only after the services are provided.
Learning Tree International Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. $4.5 Million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, by billing federal agencies, in advance, for training courses, and kept payment for such training courses, despite the fact that they were never actually provided.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 04/07/10