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Class Claims DC College Bilked Students

WASHINGTON (CN) - Southeastern University scams its students, leading them to believe the university is accredited and offers medical technology programs that have qualified teachers and state-of-the-art equipment, a class action claims in Federal Court. Students say the university made promises it couldn't fulfill and collected "substantial amounts of money in tuition, books and costs" - as much as $41,500 from one student.

The students say they were told that they would make significant salaries upon graduation. They say they were led to believe they would eligible to sit for a certification exam and that the school had "learning resources that include interactive classrooms and science/medical software programs."

They claims the school "promised potential consumers of the Medical Technology program that they would receive an education in two years, that they would train on state of the art equipment, that they would be placed in a practical externship program, and that they would be instructed by qualified teachers."

All of these claims are bogus, the students say. They say the school isn't accredited and lacks "the ability to prepare students academically, or professionally."

For the class, the seven named plaintiffs, all of the Capital Area, seek punitive damages for fraud, breach of contract and unfair trade practices.

They are represented by John Hermina of Laurel, Md.

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