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Investigation - Sonogram School Refunds

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Students who attended a sonogram career school in Fort Worth got a big surprise in the mail. The Texas Workforce Commission issued more than $100,000 in refund checks.

"I almost didn't believe it was the TWC calling me," said former student Gail Davis.  "I thought it must be a prank or something."

But it was no prank.  Days later, Davis got a $7,125 check in the mail.

"I thought glory be, I've got to let Becky know," said Davis.  "All that we went through was not lost."

Davis was just one of many students who attended the Diagnostic Medical Institute in Fort Worth. It is now closed.

Back in November 2011, Fox 4 went undercover and met the owner, Muntaz Farash, a convicted felon, who promised her school could deliver a high paying job.  After Fox aired the story, the Texas Workforce Commission investigated.  Farash claimed 84% of her students found jobs. The state said it was 26%.  The TWC also found Farash failed to provide genuine clinical training and overcharged students. The state ordered Farash to pay up.

"Do you have money I can borrow to pay them," Farash asked Reporter Becky Oliver.

When Fox caught up with Farash in 2012, she claimed she did not have any money even though she was driving a Mercedes and lived in an $800,000 home on a golf course.  She filed for bankruptcy.

"I had to let go of it. I had given up hope," said Davis.

Students like Davis thought they'd never see their money. When Farash failed to pay, the state dipped into a tuition trust account and issued 10 students refunds totaling $114,000.

Donna Greenwald got a $19,700 refund check. She now lives in California.  Candice Schuff also got $19,700.

Davis is grateful the state issued the refunds but hopes the TWC will be better at policing career schools down the road.

"I truly believe had we not gotten together on this and worked on it together, we probably would not be sitting her talking to you about it right now," said Davis.

Fox could not reach Farash for comment. The Texas Workforce Commission has now referred the case over to the Texas Attorney General.  The TWC has also warned the state of Oklahoma after learning Farash may be trying to open a school there.

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