Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Tuesday that her office has sued JLF University School of Medicine and its affiliated entities for defrauding medical and nursing students. Students were promised that they would eligible for licensure in Florida following graduation.
Based in Haiti, JLF University School of Medicine maintained an office in Miramar. Their local and Washington state phone numbers have been disconnected with no forwarding information.
After graduating, students learned they were not eligible for licensure as the JLF University medical and nursing programs were not accredited or approved by any entity
Named after its founder, Joseph LaFortune, the “University” offered online courses for their non-accredited medical and nursing schools. Students enrolled in the nursing program were required to pay anywhere from $7,000 to $15,000 for the year-long program and several weeks of clinical practice in Jamaica.
When students demanded refunds, Mr. LaFortune allegedly offered them an opportunity to “transfer” to Green Cross School of Nursing for an additional payment of $7,000. Owned by LaFortune’s wife, Aline, graduates of Green Cross are eligible to be licensed by the Florida Board of Nursing.
“Defrauding hardworking students who are aspiring to become nurses or doctors is appalling,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I am committed to holding schools accountable, and misrepresentation of credentials, which robs students of time and money, will not be tolerated.”
The lawsuit was filed in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court for Broward County, in Fort Lauderdale. It seeks an order enjoining JLF University from misrepresenting its qualifications and programs, requiring restitution for the students, and imposing civil penalties for alleged violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
For more information or to file a complaint about JLF University, please visit www.myfloridalegal.com or call (866) 9-NO-SCAM or (888) 966-7226.
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