Funds for Learning reports that the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Premio Inc, has agreed to pay $1.7 million in criminal fines and restitution relating to collusion and fraud in the FCC’s eRate program. Premio is specifically charged with: “committing mail fraud by willfully entering into a scheme to defraud the E-Rate program by substituting ineligible equipment for approved equipment, submitting false and fraudulent documents to hide the fact that it installed ineligible equipment, and submitting false invoices to the E-Rate program to receive payment for the ineligible equipment that it installed at an E-Rate project at a school district in Highland Park, Michigan”…