DC Cop, City Workers Sued in $2.9M School Residency Fraud Sweep

The city of Washington, D.C., is suing 16 Maryland and Virginia parents who it says falsified residency records to enroll their children in District schools for free.

The most recent wave of lawsuits in the city's ongoing investigation into residency fraud includes allegations against five current or former government workers and District police Officer Edward Smith.

Attorney General Karl Racine announced Thursday that the city is seeking more than $2.9 million from the parents, five of whom also are accused of residency fraud to receive public assistance.

District parents and caregivers can enroll students for free in city public schools, but those outside the District must pay at least $10,000 a year in tuition. District law allows authorities to seek triple the amount owed in unpaid tuition.

Some parents are being sued for upwards of $700,000. 

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