(Legal Newsline) —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 3 that
Stratford Career Institute has agreed to stop making claims about education
programs that the FTC had alleged were deceptive.
first brought charges forward in February 2016 when it alleged Stratford
misled consumers about a high school “diploma program.” Stratford allegedly
made false claims about the legitimacy of its education programs and high
school equivalency programs. According to the FTC, these claims misled
Consumers would pay for a Stratford program only to later find
out that the program failed to meet basic requirements set by most states.
Consumers were purportedly told by colleges and potential employers that
Stratford’s diplomas were not equivalent to a traditional high school.
As per the
settlement agreement, Stratford will pay $250,000, part of a $6.5
million judgment. The rest will be suspended due to Stratford’s inability to
pay. If, however, the FTC finds Stratford has misrepresented its financial
condition, the full judgment amount will be imposed. Stratford is also barred
from making deceptive claims in the future.
voted 3-0 to approve the stipulated final order. The order was placed in the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.