South Florida

FastTrain College Operator Gets 8 Years in Prison for Fraud

The former head of a for-profit college called FastTrain has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for a multimillion-dollar U.S. government fraud scam.

A Miami federal judge sentenced Alejandro Amor on Monday to eight years and one month. He was previously convicted of conspiracy and 12 counts of theft of government money.

A jury convicted Amor of fraudulently getting hundreds of students approved for federal financial aid. Testimony showed FastTrain collected some $35 million in federal aid and loans from 2007 to 2012.

FastTrain had campuses in South Florida, Tampa, Jacksonville and Clearwater.

Amor's attorney had contended the fraud was caused by rogue employees.

FastTrain admissions representative Anthony Mincey was previously sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for his participation in the conspiracy.

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