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Bamberg County School District School Official Sentenced in Connection with E-rate Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that Cynthia Ayer, the Bamberg County School District (South Carolina) former technology director was sentenced for two years in prision and ordered to pay $468,496 in restitution for defrauding the E-rate program.  Ayer was convicted of submitting false information to USAC causing USAC to mail E-rate reimbursements directly to her company. 

The DoJ further reported that  "…a total of seven companies and 17 individuals have pleaded guilty or have been convicted and found guilty or entered civil settlements and have paid, agreed to pay, or been sentenced to pay criminal fines and restitution totaling more than $40 million…"  USAC has a listing on their website of all companies and individuals who have been suspended or debarred from participating in the E-rate program.

Department of Justice Cynthia Ayer Press Release 

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