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Class action claims Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College health program lacked accreditation

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By Carrie Bradon | Mar 28, 2019

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CHARLESTON — A former student alleges that the educational program she was enrolled in was a scam.

Melissa Ann Corbett, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, the Community College System of West Virginia, and Robert E. Gunter.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was enrolled in the defendant's Health Information Management program. The plaintiffs met the pre-qualifications demanded by the defendant but the defendant failed to inform the plaintiff that the program was not accredited, which would cause the plaintiff to not be able to be properly certified upon graduation. The defendant allegedly wrongfully took thousands of dollars from the plaintiffs knowing the plaintiffs would not be able to accomplish their career goals.

The defendant is accused of breach of contract, punitive damage, violation of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, breach of fiduciary duties, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, and educational fraud.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Gregory Chiartas of Freeman & Chiartas in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-165

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