Chicago, USA – A father and son team in Chicago have been sentenced for fraud following a fraud investigation by the FBI. The FBI says the pair “perpetrated a multi-million-dollar fraud against the Department of Education that ended up victimizing low-income students from more than 100 public school districts in Illinois and other states,” which resulted in charges.
The FBI says Jowhar Soultanali, 62, and his son, Kabir Kassam, 38, “ran tutoring companies in the Chicago area—Brilliance Academy, Inc., offered on-site school tutoring, while its wholly owned subsidiary Babbage Net School, Inc., provided online training”.
The two mostly advertised services to the people who needed the most help in the low-income areas. The schools had received funding from the USA government to provide tutoring services. In the end, Soultanali and Kassam fraudulently obtained at least $11 for their own pockets.
Both men eventually pled guilty to fraud charges and were sentenced to federal prison. Both were also ordered to pay $11,393,762 in restitution to the United States of America Department of Education.