Man arrested for California college tuition scheme that targeted veterans

A Los Angeles man has been arrested for forging tuition waivers for veterans’ families and hoodwinking UC and California State University schools with half a million dollars, State Atty. This was announced by General Rob Bonta.

Don Azul was taken into custody Wednesday for allegedly posing as a contractor for CalVet’s College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents program, which provides family members of veterans with “duty-related” disabilities free college tuition to attend UC or CSU schools offers.

Prosecutors say Azul lied to more than 40 ineligible military families and charged them hundreds of dollars for fake letters purporting to get them admitted to the program. After giving them the letters, Azul asked the families to drop them off at schools, according to prosecutors.

His plan also deceived the colleges and resulted in the state losing more than $500,000 in fraudulently obtained family tuition waivers at 23 schools, Bonta said.

Each waiver letter saved families about $5,800 from CSU schools and about $12,000 from UCs.

“Taking advantage of veterans’ family members and their college dreams is nothing short of despicable,” Bonta said. “We will not stand idly by when scammers take advantage of important programs like the CalVet College Fee Waiver for their own selfish gain.”

Azul was hit with 52 counts of grand theft, forgery and other charges. Man arrested for California college tuition scheme that targeted veterans

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