Maine fined for false migrant data

Posted May 22, 2009, at 1:34 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The U.S. Justice Department says Maine’s Education Department has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that it submitted false information to receive federal funds under the Migrant Education Program.

The Justice Department announced the settlement Thursday.

The government alleged that the Education Department, Portland Public Schools, Maine Administrative School District 14 and the Maine Family Resource Center Inc., a nonprofit which services migrant children, falsely represented the number of eligible migratory children living in Maine in fiscal years 2002, 2003 and 2004.

The Justice Department says the defendants received federal funds to which they were not entitled based on the false counts.