Lawsuit accuses school of fraud

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two students claim they were tricked into taking out thousands of dollars in loans to go to a school they call a sham.

That school, the Richmond School of Health and Technology has been open since 1997 and has campuses at Willow Lawn and in Chester.

The lawsuit claims the school only exists to make money without any regard for the education its students receive.

It also accuses the school of targeting poor and minority students who end up having to get loans.

And it's those federal loans that help the school make money.

The school's owner tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that she's going to stand up and defend herself and her school.

The two students who are taking the school to court said it will take years for them to pay back those loans because they couldn't get the higher paying jobs promised to them when recruited.

The school owner says no one has done anything wrong and that the school meets federal standards.

For-profit schools nationwide are now under the microscope, accused of deceptive recruiting and fraud.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia said it has received more than a dozen complaints against this school in 2010.

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