New technology for colleges and universities could help impede Title IV fraud rings.

fraud-distance-identityInstitutions and students participating in online learning may have more to worry about than retention rates and passing grades, thanks to a rise in what the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is calling “Distance Education Fraud Rings.”

These fraud rings are characterized by the OIG as comprised of one of more ring leaders who facilitate enrolling “straw students” in distance education programs in exchange for receiving a portion of the Title IV funds that the institution disburses to the...

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