Yasmeen Khan is a reporter covering education. You can find her stories on the air and on SchoolBook.org, WNYC’s education website.
Nonprofit Faked Job Placement Says City
Friday, March 09, 2012
New York City investigators say a job-placement agency falsified its records for nearly 1,400 people over two years.
The Department of Investigation says the organization, Seedco, developed regular practices to falsify information in an effort to meet performance goals. It included duplicating the names of people placed in jobs, manipulating start dates for new jobs or altering records to list previous employment as a new job.
City officials started their investigation following a New York Times report about the fraud in 2011.
Seedco has four contracts with the city worth more than $22 million to operate workforce centers in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Seedco President and CEO Barbara Dwyer Gunn said in a statement on the company website that the organization takes the allegations seriously and "regrets what happened" at the workforce centers. She said the organization has implemented policy and program changes to ensure that its data is accurate.
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