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VOCATIONAL SCHOOL EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR FALSE STATEMENTS

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A Bradford, Massachusetts man was sentenced after having previously pled guilty to making false statements to the federal government.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Brian M. Hickey, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General and Gregory W. Sullivan, Inspector General of the Massachusetts Department of Education, announced that JOSEPH GIORDANO, age 63, of Bradford, MA, was sentenced to three years of probation, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $15,049 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education after pleading guilty to one count of making a false statement. GIORDANO used his position at Whittier Regional Vocational-Technical School to obtain funds provided to the school under federal grants. GIORDANO did this by creating a company, MDG Education, which invoiced Whittier for services relating to faculty enrichment courses. MDG was not a Whittier-approved vendor. The services supposedly provided by MDG were services that GIORDANO typically performed in the course of his usual duties for Whittier. GIORDANO, through MDG, billed Whittier at a higher rate than Whittier would have paid for faculty enrichment courses had there been no MDG involvement.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Education and Massachusetts Department of Education. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Kanwit of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit.

 

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