CHARLESTON -- Three more cases have been filed by students of Mountain State University's LPN to BSN Program for fraud and breach of contract.

Charles H. Polk and the Mountain State University Board of Trustees were also named as defendants in the suit.

Amber Whitener, Stacie Scott and Sonia Godbey were admitted into the LPN to BSN Program, according to three complaints filed April 5 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

The plaintiffs claim when they were admitted to the program, they were informed that the program was accredited by the NLNAC and the WVBRN, but later discovered the program did not have full accreditation status.

Mountain State University failed to fulfill its contractual obligation as represented and promised, which constitutes breach of contract, according to the suits.

The plaintiffs claim as a result of the defendants' breach of contract, they have suffered monetary loss, loss of income, loss of employment opportunities, loss of educational opportunities, loss of opportunities for career advancement, significant debt, emotional pain, inconvenience, mental anguish, interference with family relationships, personal embarrassment, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of professional reputation.

The defendants failed to provide the education opportunity promised and made false representations and omitted material facts, according to the suits.

Whitener, Scott, Godbey and her husband, Joseph Godbey, are seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Stephen P. New and S. Douglas Adkins.

There have been more than a dozen similar cases filed in recent months.

These cases has been assigned to Circuit Judges Charles E. King and Tod J. Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case numbers: 12-C-605, 12-C-606, 12-C-607

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