FBI Joins Investigation Into Sawyer School Closing

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

The FBI has joined the investigation into the abrupt closure of the Sawyer School in Rhode Island and Connecticut, a source told NBC 10 News on Tuesday.

State police told The Associated Press last week they are reviewing Sawyer's records before determining whether to open a criminal investigation. The U.S. attorney's office is also involved.

The U.S. Department of Education said the amount of federal student aid received by the for-profit career training school dropped sharply -- and its enrollment fell as well -- before it abruptly closed its doors last week.

Sara Gant, a spokeswoman for the department, said the Sawyer School got $2.3 million for the 2012-2013 year compared to about $7.4 million in 2011-2012. She said the drop in aid mirrored the enrollment decline but she did not have exact figures.

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