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Gloria F. Harper Notice of Debarment Action E-Rate Program

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Released: July 20, 2012
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20554
Enforcement Bureau
Investigations and Hearings
Division
July 20, 2012

DA 12-1171

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
AND E-MAIL

Ms. Gloria F. Harper
c/o Ms. Cynthia Marie Cimino
Federal Public Defender
Hale Boggs Federal Building
500 Poydras St., Room 318
New Orleans, LA 70130

Re:

Notice of Debarment
File No. EB-12-IH-0400

Dear Ms. Harper:
The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) hereby notifies you that,
pursuant to Section 54.8 of its rules, you are prohibited from participating in the schools and
libraries universal service support mechanism (E-Rate program) for three years from either
the date of your receipt of this Notice of Debarment, or of its publication in the Federal
Register, whichever is earlier in time (Debarment Date).1
On March 22, 2012, the Commission’s Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) sent you a Notice
of Suspension and Initiation of Debarment Proceeding (Notice of Suspension)2 that was
published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2012.3 The Notice of Suspension suspended
you from participating in activities associated with or relating to the E-Rate program. It also
described the basis for initiating debarment proceedings against you, the applicable
debarment procedures, and the effect of debarment.
As discussed in the Notice of Suspension, in June 2011 you pled guilty to conspiring
with others to fraudulently obtain $4.5 million in E-Rate contracts through your companies,


1 47 C.F.R. § 54.8(g). See also 47 C.F.R. § 0.111 (delegating authority to the Enforcement Bureau to resolve
universal service suspension and debarment proceedings).
2 Letter from Theresa Z. Cavanaugh, Acting Chief, Investigations and Hearings Division, Enforcement Bureau,
Federal Communications Commission, to Ms. Gloria F. Harper, Notice of Suspension and Initiation of
Debarment Proceeding, 27 FCC Rcd 2888 (Enf. Bur. 2012) (Attachment 1).
3 77 Fed. Reg. 24202 (Apr. 23, 2012).

Ms. Gloria F. Harper
July 20, 2012
Page 2
Computer Training and Associates and Global Networking Technologies.4 In addition, you
admitted to bribing school officials in exchange for control of the E-Rate application and
competitive bidding process.5 Your fraudulent scheme adversely affected 20 schools and
school districts located throughout six states.6 Pursuant to Section 54.8(c) of the
Commission’s rules, your conviction of criminal conduct in connection with the E-Rate
program is the basis for this debarment.7
In accordance with the Commission’s debarment rules, you were required to file with
the Commission any opposition to your suspension or its scope, or to your proposed
debarment or its scope, no later than 30 calendar days from either the date of your receipt of
the Notice of Suspension or of its publication in the Federal Register, whichever date
occurred first.8 The Commission did not receive any such opposition.
For the foregoing reasons, you are debarred from participating in the E-Rate program
for three years from the Debarment Date.9 During this period, you are excluded from
participating in any activities associated with or related to the E-Rate program, including the
receipt of funds or discounted services through the E-Rate program, or consulting with,
assisting, or advising applicants or service providers regarding the E-Rate program.10
Sincerely,
Theresa Z. Cavanaugh, Chief
Investigations and Hearings Division
Enforcement Bureau
cc: Johnnay Schrieber, Universal Service Administrative Company (via e-mail)
Rashann Duvall, Universal Service Administrative Company (via e-mail)
Juan Rodriguez, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice (via e-mail)
Stephanie Toussaint, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice (via e-mail)


4 United States v. Gloria F. Harper, Criminal Docket No. 2:10-cr-00326-CJB-ALC, Plea Agreement at 3-5
(E.D. La. entered June 6, 2011).
5 Id. at 4.
6 Id. at 5. See Appendix.
7 47 C.F.R. § 54.8(c).
8 47 C.F.R. §§ 54.8(e)(3), (4). Any opposition had to be filed no later than April 21, 2012.
9 Id. §§ 54.8(e)(5), (g).
10 Id. §§ 54.8(a)(1), (5), (d).

Appendix
Schools and School Districts1
City and State
All Saints School
New Orleans, LA
St. Augustine High School
New Orleans, LA
St. David School
New Orleans, LA
St. Monica School
New Orleans, LA
Gould Public School District
Gould, AR
Holly Grove Public School District
Holly Grove, AR
Antioch Center – St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
Antioch, IL
Fairfield Center
Round Lake Beach, IL
Ingleside Center – Ingleside United Methodist
Ingleside, IL
Church
St. Mary’s Center – Libertyville Covenant Church
Libertyville, IL
Waukegan Center
Waukegan, IL
Zion Center – Zion Benton High School
Zion, IL
Niles Terrace Center
Waukegan IL
Wilmer – Hutchins Independent School District
Dallas, TX
Innovation Child Development Center
Tallahassee, FL
Innovation School of Excellence
Tallahassee, FL
Capital City School (also known as Covenant
Tallahassee, FL
Academy Preparatory School)
Whole Word Christian Academy
Miami, FL
Twin Buttes Elementary School
Halliday, N.D.
White Shield School
Roseglen, N.D.


1 United States v. Gloria F. Harper, Criminal Docket No. 2:10-cr-00326-CJB-ALC, Factual Basis at 2–3.

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