LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A for-profit college will have to pay after being fined in court for not cooperating with Kentucky's Attorney General. The ruling came with some harsh words for National College after a judge said National "repeatedly abused the legal system to obstruct a valid investigation by the Attorney General."
In August 2013, National College missed a deadline to hand over documents the Attorney General Jack Conway's office demanded, records it wanted as part of a 3 year investigation into proprietary colleges in Kentucky. A lawsuit filed by the AG's office against National College claimed the for profit school mislead potential students about graduation and job placement rates.
At a court hearing in August, Conway asked a judge to fine National for not handing over records his office subpoenaed. National's executives showed up with the records, they say the AG's office had been asking for. But after reading though them all, Conway said National was still holding out.
A judge agreed and ordered National College to pay a civil penalty of $1,000 per day dating back to July 31for not producing the documents. That's $126,000 in fines and counting. The fines will continue to stack up until National fully responds to the AG's subpoena.
"National College and its lawyers have abused the legal system in an effort to delay this investigation," Conway said. "If National has nothing to hide, the time is now to comply with the court order."
Chuck Steenburgh, vice president for communications from National College, said the school hasn't gotten a copy of the ruling and won't respond until they have a chance to read it.