- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2016

A couple who enrolled their children in D.C. schools but lived in Maryland and Virginia are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

According to D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, Alan and Candace Hill avoided paying non-resident tuition for their children by listing their address as a city apartment Mr. Hill rented out to tenants.

Two of their children attended D.C. public schools from 2005 to 2013, and their third child attended city schools from 2003 to 2013. At no point did the Hills live in the District, Mr. Racine said in a statement Thursday.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Ronna Lee awarded the District $448,047 in damages under the city’s False Claims Act. She also awarded $74,219 for unjust enrichment and civil penalties totaling $16,500.

“D.C. taxpayers should not be subsidizing the education of children from other states,” Mr. Racine said. “We will continue to investigate and prosecute those who falsely claim District residency in order to obtain government benefits to which they are not entitled.”



The D.C. Attorney General’s Office says it has successfully sued 24 parents for non-resident tuition fraud since 2012, with settlements and court judgments totaling about $1.25 million.

— Ryan McDermott

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