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Tucson College Faces Federal Class Action

TUCSON (CN) - Tucson College defrauded students and induced them to take out loans, which they paid to the college, by false promises about degree certification, transferability of credits, job placement rates and other things, 20 named plaintiffs claim in a federal class action. Students say they paid $10,228 apiece for a 9-month course in criminal justice that the state attorney general investigated in 2007, causing the school to stop accepting students, and causing most of its students to withdraw.

Students in Tucson College's medical insurance coding program also say they were cheated. They say students were cheated in other programs too, which they will specify upon discovery.

The students also sued corporate parent Gryphon Corp., which owns a long list of other, co-defendant educational institutions.

Here are the defendants: Gryphon Investors Inc., a California corporation; Delta Career Education Corp.; Gryphon Colleges Corp.; National Career Education Inc., a Delaware corporation; and Southwest Business Colleges dba Tucson College, a subsidiary of Delta Educational Systems, a Virginia corporation.

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