The owner of a California trucking school has been sentenced to four years in prison for a G.I. Bill scam that defrauded the Department of Veteran’s Affairs out of over $4 million.
Emmit Marshall ran Alliance School of Trucking (AST), a CDL school based in the Los Angeles area. According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Marshall would enroll veterans in CDL training programs that they didn’t actually attend. After billing the VA for their G.I. bill tuition, Marshall would sometimes split some of the money with the “trainees.” In some cases, Marshall would use the personal information of veterans to sign them up for classes without them even knowing about it.
With the $4.1 million he got from his fraudulent activities, Marshall himself was able to pocket around $1 million. He used that money to pay for vacations, jewelry, taxes, a pickup truck, and multiple tractor-trailers.
After being indicted in 2017, Marshall pled guilty to five counts of wire fraud in 2019. He was sentenced this past week to four years in prison and ordered to repay $4.1 million in restitution.