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Feds: Execs Bribed School Officials In $33M Fraud

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CHICAGO (AP) — Two education-company executives are accused in a $33 million fraud that allegedly included bribing school officials with strip club visits, cruises and other benefits.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said Monday the suburban businessmen went after government money earmarked for tutoring low-income students. It says they defrauded more than 200 public school districts nationwide.

Prosecutors say 58-year-old Jowhar Soultanali, of Morton Grove, and his son, 34-year-old Kabir Kassam, of Wheeling are charged with multiple counts of mail fraud and federal program bribery. Their companies are Niles-based Brilliance Academy, Inc., and Babbage Net School, Inc.

Prosecutors say they paid bribes to education officials in Texas and New Mexico. Those officials have been charged with accepting bribes to steer business to the firms.

Messages left for Soultanali and Kassam weren’t returned.

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