School owner admits stealing $2.8M from veterans program

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FILE — A human resources specialist tutors a service member with polishing his resume during a resume workshop’s computer lab. (Photo by L.A. Shively)

TRENTON, N.J. — The owner of a New Jersey computer training center has admitted stealing $2.8 million from a program designed to help veterans find employment.

Elizabeth Honig pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft of government funds. The 52-year-old Morganville, New Jersey, resident faces up to 10 years in prison when she’s sentenced Sept. 25.

Honig owns the Eatontown-based Computer Insight Learning Center.

Federal prosecutors say she helped 182 veterans enroll to receive federal funding under a program designed to help older, unemployed veterans receive training and find employment in high demand occupations.

But the vast majority of these veterans were either not eligible or not actually attending the training.

Honig admitted logging on to the applications system more than 100 times and certifying that she was the actual veteran who was applying for benefits.

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