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Indianapolis-based online test preparation company focus of lawsuit, FTC investigation


INDIANAPOLIS — Federal and state authorities are investigating an Indianapolis company that sells test preparation materials to help clients get college degrees faster.

The Indianapolis Star reports ( ) more than 200 consumer complaints against The College Network have been filed with the Indiana attorney general's office since 2013. Nearly 100 others have been filed in Ohio, Texas and Florida by people alleging that salesmen used high-pressure sales tactics and deception to get them to make thousands of dollars in up-front purchases so they can pass equivalency exams for college credit.

The College Network denies the allegations.

The Federal Trade Commission and Indiana attorney general's office are investigating. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Ohio.

Indiana State and Purdue universities currently have partnerships with The College Network.

Information from: The Indianapolis Star,

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