A Houston company and a former Columbia, South Carolina, school district official are among the latest to be involved in two separate instances of abusing the eRate, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). The eRate is the $2.25 billion-a-year federal program that provides telecommunications discounts to eligible schools and libraries.

Houston-based networking company NextiraOne LLC was sentenced April 20 to pay more than $4.5 million to the U.S. government and American Indian schools in South Dakota. According to DoJ, NextiraOne pleaded guilty to defrauding the eRate and member schools of the Oglala Nation Educational Coalition on the Pine Ridge...

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