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AG asks judge to shut down National College

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A judge asked to shut down a for-profit college. That request came from Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway who said National College is not being truthful to students to get them to enroll.

National College missed a deadline earlier this month to hand over documents the AG's office demanded. Records it wanted as part of a three year investigation into "proprietary" colleges in Kentucky.

National College is a for-profit school that caters to low income, unemployed or under employed non college graduates. It offers alternative degrees that are supposed to lead to good jobs.

But the Attorney General says National mislead potential students about graduation and job placement rates, financial aid and other financial incentives for students. Conway said it was a way to bring in revenue from federal student loans, loans Conway said the students have a tough time re-paying because he claims those National degrees don't always lead to the better jobs the school promises.

At a court hearing in Frankfort Monday, AG's office expected a judge to shut down or suspend enrollment at Nationals 6 Kentucky campuses, including the one on Dixie Highway in Louisville for not producing school records the AG's office wanted to review.

In a surprising twist, Nationals school president Frank Longaker and school attorney's showed up at the hearing with three boxes full of documents. The records, they say, the AG's office has been asking for.

"National College has been forthcoming in providing all of the information that we can provide and should provide," Longaker said after the hearing. "We have nothing to hide at National College. "

It didn't change Conway's suspicions about Nationals business practices.

"They've delayed it for two and a half years," Conway said. "And this judge today was ready to sanction them, to potentially shut them down because of the potential for ongoing consumer harm in this state. And they suddenly they show up with three bankers boxes and say hey judge here it is."

The judge is giving the AG's office two weeks to study the documents National College handed over at the hearing. Then plans to rule sometime in September on whether the for-profit school has done enough to avoid being shut down for not complying with state investigators.

All this as the AG's office works to determine whether there's enough evidence for it to take action against National and other for-profit schools in Kentucky under the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act.

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