Former Kaplan University Dean at Center of Whistle-Blower Suit Is Indicted on Criminal Charges

The former dean at Kaplan University who is accusing the for-profit institution of defrauding taxpayers of billions of dollars in a whistle-blower lawsuit has now been indicted on charges that he hacked into Kaplan's computer network to send harassing mass e-mail messages to students and threats to three individuals.

The federal indictment, handed up by a grand jury in Chicago, accuses Ben H. Wilcox of six criminal counts of unlawfully using telecommunications devices to