Iowa’s Attorney General today filed formal charges against a former state legislator and eight other people accused of sending their kids to the University of Northern Iowa’s Price Lab School without paying the required tuition. The complaints charge each person with one or more counts of tampering with records, an aggravated misdemeanor.
The nine parents are accused of listing false addresses on school records to show their children lived in a zone close to the school on the U.N.I. campus in Cedar Falls in order to pay much lower tuition fees than other students. State Representative Kerry Burt, a Democrat from Waterloo, is one of those charged.
Burt has since decided not to run for re-election, and said he believes he will be vindicated when all the information comes out. The Attorney General’s office says the largest amount that should have been paid is nearly $48,000. Records show Representative Burt should have paid over $37,000.
Black Hakw County District Court Judge James Coil set an arraignment date of June 4 for all nine. He also allowed all nine to continue to be free on their own recognizance.