Letters to the Editor

False accusations

The April 24 article Keiser: not-for-profit but still lucrative, includes a claim by Art Keiser that my work to expose corrupt colleges is motivated by a conflict of interest.

Keiser further asserted, in a letter to me through his lawyer, that while I worked at the U.S. Department of Education I had a “relationship with short sellers.”

His statements are false. I do not have a conflict of interest, and I never had any improper or secret relationship with short sellers or with anyone else. My concerns about predatory for-profit colleges are motivated by an interest in what is best for students and taxpayers, nothing more.

This isn’t the first time Keiser has accused others of a relationship with short sellers. In 2010, he sued the president of Florida State College at Jacksonville accusing him of conspiring with various Wall Street firms. Keiser later dropped the suit.

Robert Shireman,

Berkeley, California

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