RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The U.S Department of Justice says that the AmeriCorps program has agreed to pay two North Carolina institutions and a service organization more than $800,000 to resolve allegations of false claims for federal grant money.
On Tuesday, Acting U.S. Attorney G. Norman Acker III and AmeriCorps announced the settlements with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, and the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. settlement agreement impart for a total payment of $842,500 to the United States in grant funds
According to a press release, AmeriCorps offers student education awards in the form of grant money for students who have completed service hours, as well as funds directly to the commission for certain staff salaries who oversaw AmeriCorps programs.
The universities and the commission caused false certifications for service hours worked and other grant requirements breaches in connection with grant funds paid from 2014 through 2019, according to an investigation.
The United States charged that the schools engaged in numerous violations of grant conditions, showed reckless disregard in producing false claims, failed to maintain adequate internal controls, and systematically certified false hours for AmeriCorps volunteers.