CHARLESTON - A former student of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has filed a lawsuit alleging that the educational program she was enrolled in was a scam.
According to a report from the West Virginia Record, a legal journal covering the state's legal system, Melissa Ann Corbett filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against the school, the Community College System of West Virginia, and SWVCTC President Robert E. Gunter. The complaint was filed individually and on behalf of others "similarly situated," and it seeks to have class-action status.
According to the complaint, Corbett was enrolled in the Health Information Management program at SWVCTC, and she and the others involved met the pre-qualifications required by the school. However, the complaint says that SWVCTC failed to inform them that the program was not accredited, which would cause a student enrolled in the program to not be properly certified upon graduation.
"The defendant allegedly wrongfully took thousands of dollars from the plaintiffs (Corbett and others) knowing the plaintiffs would not be able to accomplish their career goals," reads the West Virginia Record report.
SWVCTC is accused of breach of contract, punitive damage, violation of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, breach of fiduciary duties, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, and educational fraud.
Corbett is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. She is represented by Gregory Chiartas of Freeman & Chiartas in Charleston. The Kanawha Circuit Court case number on the lawsuit is 19-C-165.
Mandy Lester, public relations specialist with SWVCTC, said the college could not comment because of the active litigation.
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