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, students learned they would not be eligible for licensure as the JLF University medical and nursing programs were not accredited or approved by any entity.
JLF University School of Medicine is based in Haiti with a local office in Miramar. Their local and Washington state phone numbers have been disconnected with no forwarding information.
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 the school 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 on JLF University, please visit www.myfloridalegal.com or call (866) 9-No-Scam or (888) 966-7226.
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