School Tech Director Gets Jail Time for e-Rate Fraud

A former technology director in a South Carolina school district has been sentenced to two years in jail and required to pay more than $468,000 in restitution for using the mail to submit fraudulent applications for funding under the U.S. government’s e-Rate program, according to PC World. Cynthia Ayer, former technology director at Bamberg County School District One, pleaded guilty in April to committing mail fraud by submitting applications containing false information to the E-Rate program, a program designed to help schools and libraries in poor areas connect to the Internet. Ayer was indicted on mail and wire fraud charges in April 2006. Ayer requested funds she was not entitled to, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Universal Service Administrative Co., which administers the E-Rate program for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, mailed Go Between, a company owned by Ayer, a $25,243 check based on her fraudulent claims, the DOJ said.

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