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Attorney General Martha Coakley is suing a for-profit school, saying it misrepresented its training programs and job placement rates.
Coakley said Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operate Everest Institutes in Brighton and Chelsea, also pushed students into high-interest subprime loans, leaving many without jobs and unable to repay their debt.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court, charges that the school "subsists largely on taxpayer-backed loans to students" and recruited new students regardless of their qualifications using deceptive marketing and high pressure enrollment tactics and steering some to additional private subprime loans.
The school said it has a strong record of offering students a quality education and treating them honestly and fairly. It said Coakley has failed to produce a complaint from any student.
Corinthian operates more than 100 campuses in the United States and Canada.