Feds investigate Charlotte School of Law

CHARLOTTE – In a whistle-blower case filled in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, former faculty member Barbara Bernier claims Charlotte Law and its owner, InfiLaw Corp. of Naples, Fla., defrauded U.S. taxpayers out of $285 million from 2010-15.

The Charlotte Observer reports that in the August 2016 court filing, Bernier’s complaint was kept under seal until the federal government decided whether to join the case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte reportedly “has initiated a criminal investigation” of both Charlotte School of Law and InfiLaw. U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said the office “does not comment on the existence or status of any possible investigation.”

Dozens of Charlotte School of Law students already have sued the school in state and federal court. The N.C. Attorney General’s Office confirms that it has launched a consumer-fraud investigation of the school.