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FCC Issues Notice of Suspension8/1/2012
On July 27, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Suspension and Initiation of Debarment Proceeding to Mr. Willard Ross Lanham. In March 2012, Lanham was convicted on one count of theft of federal funds and three counts of mail fraud stemming from his involvement as an E-rate consultant for the New York City Board of Education, resulting in the Board “being fraudulently billed more than $3.6 million…of which [Lanham] profited approximately $1.7 million.”
Lanham’s responsibilities as an E-rate consultant “included overseeing Project Connect, a project designed to bring Internet connectivity to New York City schools.” During Lanham’s trial, witnesses testified that he “1) arranged for employees of [his] company, Lanham Enterprises, Inc., to work as consultants for DOE, 2) inflated their hourly rates far above their salaries, and 3) arranged for Project Connect subcontractors to bill those inflated rates to a Project Connect contractor using invoices that misstated the true nature of the charges.”
Stakeholders can view individuals and corporations who have been suspended or debarred from participating in the E-rate program here.
USAC Schools and Libraries Committee Meeting Notes: Ju...
On July 30, 2012, the USAC Schools and Libraries Committee held their quarterly board meeting. Highlights from the meeting include the approval of Priority Two thresholds for Funding Years 2011 and 2012, as well as operational and administrative...7/31/2012
FCC Clarifies E-rate Rules for Community Eligibility Op...
On July 31, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission sent a letter to USAC regarding schools who participate in the USDA's Community Eligibility Option (CEO) school lunch reimbursement mechanism. Pending further guidance, the FCC has stated...7/31/2012