A judge sentenced two people Monday for their convictions in a fraudulent scheme that seriously impacted the United States Marine Corps and many Marines from North Carolina to California.
Jones Tyler Martin of South Carolina, and Hailey Tykoski of Michigan previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme.
On March 27, 2017 Tykoski pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Andrew Goodridge, Special Agent in Charge, Naval Criminal Investigative Service said, “This case reminds all of us to remain vigilant about what information we provide to strangers, it also demonstrates that NCIS is committed to pursuing those who exploit US service members.” The investigation revealed that between 20 Martin, working with accomplices including Tykoski, created fake female identities on internet dating websites to target and lure young enlisted Marines into virtual relationships.
Tykoski was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to pay ,289.05 in restitution.
But before we look at the best online colleges in Virginia, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Virginia today.
In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Virginia had 132 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 40 public schools, 38 nonprofits and 54 for-profits.
A 2012 report conducted by College found that following graduation, “36% of bachelor’s degree graduates are earning a full-time wage and another 13% are enrolled in other higher education programs in Virginia institutions.” The report also went on to say that bachelor’s degree holders in the state make, on average, 67% more than professionals in the state who who only hold a high school diploma or GED.
Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was ,820, while the out-of-state average was ,400.