WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Friday, the District of Columbia filed a civil suit against a former D.C. Public Schools principal, her daughter and her granddaughter for fraudulently evading D.C. school tuition for her great grandson who lived with the principal in Maryland and attended her school for free, according to D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan.
The lawsuit accused Barbara Campbell, the principal of Langdon Education Campus until the end of the 2011-2012 school year, of conspiring with her daughter and granddaughter to commit tuition fraud. According to officials, the three testified falsely under oath at an administrative hearing last summer that the boy lived in D.C. with his mother (Campbell's granddaughter) while attending Langdon during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, and for a small part of this school year. The lawsuit claims the boy lived with Campbell and she drove him to school frequently.
The District wants $24,707.90 for non-resident tuition for more than two years of D.C. public school attendance as well as civil penalties against all three women. If found guilty, the family members could be subject to a total of more than $75,000 in treble damages and civil penalties.