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United States of America v. Elaine M. Levidow
Case Number: 2:20-cr-00105-SPC-MRM
Judge: Sheri Polster Chappell
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Lee County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
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Fort Myers, FL - The United States of America charged Elaine M. Levidow, age 60, with wire fraud and Student Assistance fraud.
According to the indictment, Levidow owned and operated the Training Domain, an educational institution in Fort Myers that held itself out as offering business software application courses to improve the employability skills of individuals. Training Domain qualified to receive U.S. Department of Education Title IV Federal Student Assistance (FSA) on behalf of students. During the approximate time period of July 2017 through April 2019, Levidow solicited students to enroll in her school and assisted them in applying for financial aid in the form of Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans. Rather than using the loan and grant proceeds to hold classes at the Training Domain and for other educational expenses, Levidow kept the FSA funds and split them with students. The amount of the fraud was approximately $109,323. The indictment also alleges that Levidow created false and fraudulent high school diplomas and GEDs for students that she provided to an auditor even though she knew that the students had either not attended the underlying high school, had not graduated, or had not received a GED.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey F. Michelland.
Outcome: The charges set forth in the Indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.