NY AG accuses NJ company of preying on unemployed

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 8:35 AM

New York state is suing a New Jersey-based company that sells home study courses that promise to help customers get high-paying government jobs.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says State National Training Service preyed on more than 1,000 unemployed New Yorkers, charging them about $1,000 for courses that didn't deliver jobs paying more than $60,000, as suggested.

The company didn't immediately return a call for comment.

Cuomo says the company misrepresented itself and its product, and its staff implied they were government employees, even suggesting the course is a government-sponsored program.

Cuomo wants to bar the company from operating in New York state unless it files a $300,000 service guarantee bond, and pays restitution plus penalties and costs to the state.